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Mother of all something

noun phrase

The largest, most impressive, utterly unsurpassable example of something; GRANDDADDY OF ALL something: The plan to fix the Hubble telescope in orbit is the mother of all repair missions/ I have the mother of all pains in the back

[1991+ Gulf War; Muslim tradition fr Ayesha, second wife of Mohammed, and the Mother of Believers; used by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to describe the battle in which he would annihilate invading forces]


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