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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: tiger mother /ˈtaɪɡər ˌmʌðər/

or tiger mom American American English pronunciation: tiger mom

 
  1. a very strict mother who makes her children work particularly hard and restricts their free time so that they always achieve the highest grades as well as achieving in other areas such as sport and music

    A new study has claimed that tiger moms are actually contributing to the children's low self-esteem and high levels of depression.

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The term became widely known following the publication of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by law professor Amy Chua.
 

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