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Mother Hubbard


The old lady whose whole time seems to have been devoted to her dog, who always kept her on the trot, and always made game of her. Her temper was proof against this wilfulness on the part of her dog, and her politeness never forsook her, for when she saw Master Doggie dressed in his fine clothes—

“The dame made a curtsey, the dog made a bow;

The dame said, ‘Your Servant,ʹ the dog said, ‘Bow-wow.ʹ”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Mote and Beam (Matt. vii. 3–5)
Mother Ann
Mother Bunch
Mother Carey’s Chickens
Mother Country
Mother Douglas
Mother Earth
Mother Goose
Mother Hubbard
Mother Huddle’s Oven
Mother Shipton
Mother of Believers
Mother of Books
Mother of Cities [Amu-al-Bulud]
Mother of Pearl
Mother of the Gracchi
Mother’s Apron Strings