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tooth fairy

noun
1.
a fairy credited with leaving a child money or a small gift in exchange for a baby tooth that has fallen out and been placed under the child's pillow at night.
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  • To think that a relaxation of environmental and labor laws would even the field is to believe in the tooth fairy.
  • And the tooth fairy changes your teeth into quarters too.
  • They hear about everything from the tooth fairy to guardrails to chewing gum to dishwashing detergents.
  • Anybody who believes that, you know, believes in the tooth fairy.
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tooth fairy

A mythical source of bounty, as in So who will finance this venture—the tooth fairy? This expression refers to the fairy credited with leaving money under a child's pillow in place of a baby tooth that has fallen out, a practice popular with American parents since the first half of the 1900s.
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