A face only a mother could love
A very ugly face
- Quasimodo is born with a hunched back and a face that only a mother could love.
A tiger mother
A strict and demanding mother
- A tiger mother can order her kids to get perfect grades.
Everyone and his mother
Used to express a large number or a majority of people
- Why bother trying to compete for world firsts if the leading guild has to twiddle their thumbs waiting for the next stage to be open, watching everyone and his mother catch up.
A pregnant woman
- An expectant mother with a first baby should avoid such a strain.
The principle house in a religious order
- Your room is already prepared for you in the Mother House , and we expect these instructions to be obeyed.
The force that controls the natural world
- I guess Mother Nature has taught you a lesson today.
Something necessary and important
- The bottom line is work and that is mother's milk to any performer.
The mother of all
A large collection of a particular type of thing
- We got caught in the mother of all storms.
To keep mum
To keep quiet about something
- At a service desk, the agent is expected to keep mum about her problems and to show a reasonable interest in yours.