to take somebody under your wing

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take somebody under your wing

"to take somebody under your wing"

to help and protect somebody who is younger or less experienced than you


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take somebody under your wing

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  How was orientation yesterday?

Student 2:  At first it was very confusing.  Then a senior student took me under his wing.

Student 1:  He showed you where to go and how to fill in all the forms?

Student 2:  Exactly.  His help was invaluable.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take somebody under your wing

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I always love it when new recruits are hired. They are so inexperienced. It is great to identify recruits with potential and then help them to thrive and grow.

Colleague 2:  You like taking new recruits under your wing?

Colleague 1:  Yes. It is very rewarding when they start to do well. It is also company policy to get involved with mentoring.

to take somebody under your wing - Usage:


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to take somebody under your wing - Gerund Form:

Taking the new employee under his wing, he showed her around and introduced her to coworkers.

to take somebody under your wing - Examples:

1)  ... was a young assistant director there; he sort of took me under his wing, and I switched to being a runner and errand boy in the assistant director ...

2)  I got to know each other and became friends, he took me under his wing and taught me everything he knew about Camp Lejeune.

3)  Tony was a truly lovely man who took me under his wing and ignited my passion to make films.

4)  Miss Despointes took me under her wing and took me shopping for new clothing to create a whole new persona.

5)  She apologized to me for ignoring me and took me under her wing and shared what she knew with me.

6)  I was quite lucky that she took me under her wing and started to build my career; that's where management is so useful.

7)  Both parents died when Alphonse was young but a wealthy uncle took him under his wing and showered gifts and money on him. 

8)  ... then General Manager Peter Fraser recognised his talent and immediately took him under his wing. Undoubtedly the mentoring paid off as Hamil was promoted shortly thereafter from cook to ...

9)  Rochereau liked the kid's voice and his songs and took him under his wing to coach him in the fine points of performing.

10)  ... washing dishes at Ashburton where the ladies took me under their wing. After a while I was promoted to collecting meals from the hospital kitchen ...

11)  ... the earliest lessons I learned, from some amazing writers who took me under their wing, and it has never steered me wrong.

12)  I quickly learned a lot from the supportive people here who took me under their wing, showed a lot patience with me and above all taught me to always do ...

13)  I was exhausted, and let them take me under their wing. They actually called my parents to reassure them that they were safe for their ...

14)  ... that during my career I've had some very talented geologists take me under their wing, to teach me about the mining industry.

15)  I am so blessed to have had Disney take me under their wing and lead me to where I am today!

16)  ... realizes Mike's potential even without an official university degree and takes him under his wing as a junior associate at the most successful law firm in New York City.

17)  I always hope one of these old codgers takes him under his wing and fast tracks him.

18)  And at this point Bobby takes him under his wing, mentoring him during his time at the institution.

19)  ... emulate their successful behaviour, and even see if they might take you under their wing or give you personalized advice on using Twitter to its maximum.

20)  Let this person take you under their wing and teach you everything they know as this can help you to go from good ...