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helicopter parents

helicopter parents
 n.pl.— «When their babies go off to college, some parents are unable to deal with the empty nest. One of the names applied to them is “helicopter parents,” who hover over campus and their children—mostly during their freshman year.» —“UF is finding many parents unwilling to cut kids loose” by Bob Arndorfer Gainsville Sun (Florida) Jan. 23, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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