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fairy godmother

noun
1.
a kindly sponsor or guardian; godmother.
2.
a fairy-tale character who uses magical powers to help a hero or heroine.
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Examples from the Web for fairy-godmother
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  • Mercedes is a sort of fairy-godmother to her, a sun-goddess, who lifted her out of the dust and whirled her away in her chariot.

    Tante Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • I am not nearly important enough to be anybody's fairy-godmother.'

    The Bountiful Lady Thomas Cobb
  • And it, too, was a gift of his fairy-godmother when he was born, light in texture as a gossamer and spun out of the softest silk.

  • I shan't run away, because I want to see my fairy-godmother so much.'

    The Bountiful Lady Thomas Cobb
  • If his fairy-godmother had prearranged this fisticuff, she could not have done anything better so far as Killigrew was concerned.

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
  • She noticed that his eyes looked very like those of her fairy-godmother.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • "There was never need of a fairy-godmother for you," he told her, his voice grave.

  • "In the little house you will find a treasure," her fairy-godmother had said.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • And then, as suddenly as she had come, the fairy-godmother was gone, wearing one of her surprise smiles on her lips.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • He wondered if Mr. Snyder played to all these great men the same rôle—half the frank and bluff uncle, half the fairy-godmother.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for fairy-godmother

fairy godmother

noun
1.
a character in certain fairy stories who brings unexpected benefits to the hero or heroine
2.
any benefactress, esp an unknown one
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for fairy-godmother

fairy godmother

noun phrase

A male homosexual's homosexual initiator and tutor (1970s+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with fairy-godmother

fairy godmother

A generous benefactor, as in An anonymous fairy godmother donated the money for the new organ. This expression alludes to a stock character in fairy tales such as Cinderella, who gives unexpected and much needed assistance. [ Late 1800s ]
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