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under someone's wing

under someone's wing

Date: Sep 23 2010

Themes: Friend, Music

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“Jay-Z took me under his wing. He’s like a brother to me.”

- Rapper Drake talking about his mentor. (Us Weekly)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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guided or protected by someone

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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When a mama bird wants to protect her baby bird, she covers it with her wing. In the same way, when someone takes you under his wing, he helps or protects you.

Usually, someone who takes you under his wing doesn’t just keep you safe. He also acts as your mentor, helping you to succeed. For example, your boss might take you under his wing at work. Or an upperclassman might take you under her wing at school. An older sibling or friend might take you under her wing by giving you advice and looking out for you.

If you wanted to succeed as a rapper, you would definitely want to be under Jay-Z’s wing. He has a lot of power and influence in the music industry, so he could help you get ahead. Jay-Z took Drake under his wing and collaborated with him on his debut album, Thank Me Later. The album hit number one on the music charts and quickly sold over a million copies in the U.S. You could also say that Jay-Z gave wings to Drake, or helped him soar as a rapper.

Has anyone ever taken you under his wing? Or have you taken someone under your wing?

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Megan’s history teacher took her under her wing during her first semester in high school. “

“I wouldn’t have gotten promoted as quickly if my boss hadn’t taken me under his wing at work.

“Katy did better at school after her older brother took her under his wing and started tutoring her at home.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

elen swift protect,take care of sb
by elen swift
Debbie.p under sb protect or take after
by Debbie.p
chomo TAKE CARE OF
by chomo
la bonita Take care of me andf help me
by la bonita
under someone's protection
by handsomeboytx
-Tiago- to be under someone's protect.
by -Tiago-
He is taking care of me ,helping me ,like a gaurdian
by mohamad11935
to be protected by that person
by bystander :-)
xzerx protect from all things
by xzerx
avaction72 protect,take care of sth and help it to flourish!!!
by avaction72
Gellerke support and help someone
by Gellerke
I think it means take care of him.
by EhssanDannouf
Well, maybe Jay-Z cares about Drake or anything like that? I mean their relationships, they're like 2 brothers ;)
by Dirty Rhyme
take one under one's wing : means that he was guiding him in his way or to become a mentor to a person
by AngeL Roses
to go under someone's wing means to be protecred by someone
by monacovalentina
Sandra B. when someone takes care of you or help you.
by Sandra B.
birsencan to protect someone..
by birsencan
masiran to help and protect someone who is younger or less experienced than you are now
by masiran

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Comments

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englishteacher24/7

United States

A related phrase would be: “Got your back!”

02:28 AM May 30 2011 |

hsjim

hsjim

China

under someone's wing, this phrase seems to tell you that you need to get yourself under some's protection. But sometimes when you get full of ability, you gotta sb under your wing.

12:50 AM Dec 30 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Humm I have never had this lucky! hehe Everything I got till taday I got with great effort…Nobody put me under his wing even why when you got something just with your effort the taste is much better :)

11:10 AM Oct 11 2010 |

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

Jay-Z is such a good person, that make me love him more. My family and real friends took me under their wings all the time and I do the same.

02:11 PM Sep 29 2010 |

lolekesh

lolekesh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I thing that me under the wings of my father.

09:48 PM Sep 28 2010 |

Mukakala

Mukakala

Canada

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/under+someone's+wing

07:04 AM Sep 25 2010 |

Romio79

Romio79

Russian Federation

Now I guess I'm more a mentor than a mentee.

02:54 PM Sep 24 2010 |

jiahui.lei

jiahui.lei

China

i feel so safe,under mom's wing

02:28 PM Sep 24 2010 |

Martyszka

Poland

I think that I'm taking my younger brother under my wing.

10:03 PM Sep 23 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

Cool

09:42 PM Sep 23 2010 |

Snazz De

Snazz De

United Kingdom

To be under ones care

09:18 PM Sep 23 2010 |

xzerx

xzerx

Turkey

i am not taken under anyone wing, and i don't need that, but i take my sister and brother under my wing.

05:40 PM Sep 23 2010 |

john

johnSuper Member!

United States

i'm taking my cow under my wing Cool

05:03 PM Sep 23 2010 |

enybody

enybody

Italy

it's really nice without any doubt, it means there is someone protects, helps you or gives you advices…so you feel your shoulders coverd. someone takes care of you.

but i aslo think that a certain point of your life you have to go ahead alone,i mean you must deal with your life alone 

03:11 PM Sep 23 2010 |

hraza

hraza

Pakistan

It means that someone really love and take care of you.

01:33 PM Sep 23 2010 |

Zaccarias

Zaccarias

Brazil

It comes from a biblical expression (i.e. Exodus 19: 4-5; Psalm 57:1; 91:4), and very common among Christians church (in Brazil at least).

12:04 PM Sep 23 2010 |

rogeholl

rogeholl

Brazil

under his wing  , it´s mean that someone protects or become a tutor  to any person

02:33 AM Sep 23 2010 |

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