Definitions

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  • Used before a plural noun to form a compound noun having the sense of: the greatest or largest of its kind.

Etymologies

Popularized after its use by Saddam Hussein, then president of Iraq, in reference to the Gulf War as ام المعارك ("mother of battles"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And the man called his wife's name Eve (Life) because she was the mother of all living.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The ground war ended on February 28 with the total defeat of the Iraqi forces, and we immediately launched negotiations on what became Resolution 687, “the mother of all resolutions,” so dubbed by Soviet “permanent representative” Yuli Vorontsov.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • They were drilling for HDR, or hot dry rock, “the mother of all mother lodes,” as one man put it.

    Deeper

  • Bruno, the Pantheist, was also a Materialist: "Matter is not without its forms, but contains them all; and since it carries what is wrapped up in itself, it is in truth all nature and the mother of all the living."

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • “W-William, is t-that a tiger?” she whispered in the stark silence, staring at what looked like the mother of all Bengal tigers sitting in the back bed of the truck, staring at them through the rear window.

    Dragon Warrior

  • The fine-grained, slow-grown mother of all pencils is incense cedar from the forests of Oregon, where a single tree may grow 140 feet high, with a trunk five feet across, enough cedar wood to make 150,000 pencils.

    Wildwood

  • Nick could have left it there: the man just wanted the sword because he was a collector, this was the mother of all swords, to add it to his collection would be—

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • She is the mother of all believers, according to 1Pe 3: 6, and so deserving of some such distinction.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Ms. K then riled up the mother of all backbiting, class-ignorant women writers of all time, Maureen Dowd, who agreed in print in the New York Times that Roseanne Connor was loud and loose and could not walk from the soundstage to the hallowed halls of The New Yorker up in this mothafocka!

    Roseanne Archy

  • To Bast, mother of all Catkind, and her four-legged children everywhere.

    Changeling

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