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helicopter • over-protective • hover
sights • clinging
  1. The team had victory in its .
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  4. You can take a tour of the city.
  5. She likes to to her mother's side.
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1224 More Moms

Todd and Julia discuss other types of parents such as Tiger Moms and Helicopter Parents.

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helicopter parent

A helicopter parent is always worried about her child.

A 'helicopter' is a machine that flies using a rotating blade that spins around quickly above the place where you sit and lifts the craft up into the air. Notice the following:

  1. Have you ever ridden in a helicopter?
  2. The news channel helicopters are already flying over the scene of the accident.


These parents just hover over their children and follow them around.

When you 'hover' around something, you stay very close, sometimes too close. Notice the following:

  1. I spent the whole party just hovering around the snack table, and now I feel really sick.
  2. It's hard to plan a surprise party for him when he is always hovering around.


Helicopter parents are very over-protective.

An 'over-protective' parent is so concerned about her children that she doesn't let them do anything, because she is scared that something bad will happen. Notice the following:

  1. She is so over-protective of her husband that she doesn't even let him talk to other women.
  2. Your kids will miss out on many opportunities if you continue to be so over-protective.


If you hear something clanging in the next room, you don't go rushing over.

A 'clanging' sound comes from hitting a metal object with another hard object. Notice the following:

  1. There is a clanging happening in my car that I need to get fixed.
  2. What is that clanging sound? It's very distracting.


A tiger does have an aggressive or driven sort of image.

A 'driven' person is very motivated to do something. Notice the following:

  1. She is a very driven employee.
  2. He is driven by the possibility of making a lot of money.

in its sights

When a tiger gets something in its sights, it goes after it.

Whatever you have 'in your sights' is your goal. Notice the following:

  1. She has had him in her sights for a boyfriend since they were 10 years old.
  2. He has a gold medal in his sights for this year.