One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Treat (someone) very indulgently or protectively.
pamper, cosset, coddle, spoil, indulge, overindulge, pet, baby, wait on hand and foot, wrap in cotton wool, spoon-feed, kill by kindness, kill with kindness, nanny, nursemaid, feather-bed, overparentView synonyms
- ‘The temptation to mollycoddle people who are unable to deal with insulting challenges to themselves or their beliefs is very strong.’
- ‘I wish I could hold her in my arms and mollycoddle her, the way I did when she was just a baby.’
- ‘There is no doubt that the mollycoddling of these early years was to have a significantly negative effect on Hughes in later life.’
- ‘He certainly seems uneasy with the accoutrements of fame and says he hates being mollycoddled.’
- ‘He wrote that the function of fantasy was ‘consolation’, thereby making it an article of policy that a fantasy writer should mollycoddle the reader.’
- ‘If harsh prison terms and hanging is not the answer, neither is a kinder gentler mollycoddling.’
- ‘‘The last thing I want to do is be mollycoddled,’ he said.’
- ‘This was a small step towards ending the economic mollycoddling of the aviation industry.’
- ‘After a hard day at the office, all I want to do is go home to be mollycoddled.’
- ‘If they were being mollycoddled and taking advantage of the system, they would be doing well for themselves.’
- ‘It's comforting, I suppose, to think that the Government cares so much about our safety to the point of mollycoddling.’
- ‘Yet in spite of this mollycoddling, children today are more isolated than ever.’
- ‘People make the mistake of mollycoddling disabled people, but it's the worst thing you can do.’
- ‘There is a limit to the levels at which children can be mollycoddled.’
- ‘I have been very fortunate in being brought up in a generation which has been mollycoddled.’
- ‘We mollycoddle prisoners in this country, to some degree.’
- ‘Following the successful implementation of the smoking ban in enclosed public places, they have devised a plan to mollycoddle us into wellness.’
- ‘I have always looked out for myself, I don't need any one to mollycoddle me.’
- ‘Schools are mollycoddling pupils, producing a generation of unhealthy underachievers, the government's education agency has warned.’
- ‘In other words, it becomes a point of principle that his literature mollycoddles its readers.’
An effeminate or ineffectual man or boy; a milksop.
milksop, namby-pamby, crybaby, baby, coward, weakling, milquetoastView synonyms
- ‘He agrees with me, and he's no mollycoddle in the critical ring.’
- ‘He wants nothing to do with such mollycoddles!’
Mid 19th century: from molly ‘girl or prostitute’ (see moll) + coddle.
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