Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

take (someone) under (your) wing

take someone under your wing
1) mentor, protect, or care for someone
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    • take someone under you wing and show them the ropes
  • Analysis
    Birds look after their young chicks by protecting them with their wings.  To 'take someone under your wing' means to protect, guide and take care of them. Usually, this idiomatic expression is used to talk about guiding or helping someone who is younger or less experienced than yourself.  If you are in work for example and there is someone new you might be asked to 'take them under your wing' in order to help them for a time. If you 'take someone under your wing' you act as a guide or mentor towards somebody else.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The boy was abandoned by his parents as a child, but his aunt had no hesitation in taking him under her wing. 
    2. It can be a bit intimidating starting in a new school. Older students take the younger ones under their wing and help them for the first few weeks.
    3. When my aunt discovered I was interested in music, she took me under her wing and taught me a few things.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I was very nervous on my first day in the new job, but luckily one of the senior members of staff took me under his wing and showed me the ropes.
    2. The teacher could see the potential the student had, so she decided to take him under her wing.
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