Posted by: Dutch | February 7, 2010

Under my wing

Meaning

To accept an apprentice.

Example

I have watched you flounder about for long enough, I will take you under my wing, teach you the trade, and make you the best honey dipper in the business.

Origin

Comes directly from observed animal behavior – birds obviously. Mother birds sometimes shelter chicks under their wings.

This protecting and nurturing act of birds reasonably mirrors the mentor-protege relationship.

– Thanks to Kensmark

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