who's 'she', the cat's mother?

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Who's 'she', the cat's mother?

  1. (idiomatic, somewhat dated, UK) A rebuke especially directed towards children for having referred to their mother, or any other woman in the third person, instead of using a properly respectful title or their name when appropriate.
    - Where is your mother?
    - She's making tea in the kitchen.
    - Who's 'she', the cat's mother?
    - Mother is making tea in the kitchen.