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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Mother Country.
One’s native country, but the term applies specially to England, in relation to America and the Colonies. The inhabitants of North America, Australia, etc., are for the most part descendants of English parents, and therefore England may be termed the mother country. The Germans call their native country Fatherland.   1

 Mother Carey’s Chickens.Mother Douglas. 


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