tooth fairy

noun

Definition of tooth fairy 

: a fairy believed by children to leave money while they sleep in exchange for a tooth that has come out

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All of her friends, and even her younger cousin, had been visited by the tooth fairy at least once. Kristen Hellmer, USA TODAY, "3 parenting fails I hope to laugh about later," 6 July 2018 Our daughter came out with her tooth fairy box and asked for the tooth. Kristen Hellmer, USA TODAY, "3 parenting fails I hope to laugh about later," 6 July 2018 However last year, despite the S&P 500 gaining nearly 18 percent, the tooth fairy dropped her gifting rate. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Poll: Tooth Fairy paid $271 million for lost teeth in 2017," 27 Feb. 2018 The tooth fairy still largely operates in dimes, quarters or even dollars. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "We're ditching cash. So how do we teach kids about money?," 16 Oct. 2017 So, soon enough, Alexis Olympia's teething days will be over and the tooth fairy will start reporting for duty. Andrea Park, SELF, "Serena Williams Asks Instagram and Twitter for Help in Dealing With Alexis Olympia's Teething," 18 Dec. 2017 Case in point: an adorable letter the 7-year-old daughter of Neil Patrick Harris wrote to the tooth fairy, which the proud dad couldn’t resist showing off on Instagram Thursday. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "See Neil Patrick Harris' Daughter Harper's Letter to the Tooth Fairy: I 'Love Being a Father'," 8 Dec. 2017 Doug Anderson discovered his kids' interest in money started with the tooth fairy. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "We're ditching cash. So how do we teach kids about money?," 16 Oct. 2017 The impressive winged tooth fairy has been replaced by a guy on stilts in desperate need of a dentist. Brady Macdonald, latimes.com, "Knott’s returns to the fog with a stronger Halloween Haunt line-up," 22 Sep. 2017

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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