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1 Feed (someone) by using a spoon.
pamper, spoil, overindulge, coddle, mollycoddle, cosset, nanny, nursemaid, mother, baby, pet, spoon-feed, feather-bed, wrap in cotton wool, overparentView synonyms
- ‘She patiently spoon-feeds me a bowl of soup while my daughter Teal reads me her report about African elephants: ‘Did you know that elephants poop 80 pounds a day?’’
- ‘‘Well, for one thing, he's a big boy and I can stop spoon-feeding him now,’ Jerik replied brightly.’
- ‘He eyed the mothers spoon-feeding their babies, smiling widely.’
- ‘We ate quietly and quickly, Stella spoon-feeding Jay who only protested lightly, causing me to roll my eyes at him.’
- ‘Slowly, in the fading light, I take the bowl into my lap, and carefully begin to spoon-feed myself the broth.’
- ‘Dante would usually take over and spoon-feed me, making my situation all the more degrading.’
- ‘His nurse must chop up his food and spoon-feed him.’
- ‘When I visit Ally at lunchtime, does she drag me into a dark corner and cower with me while I spoon-feed her yogurt and offer her a baby bottle?’
- ‘I just said that she should eat more, not that I was going to write up a dietary plan and spoon-feed her.’
- ‘He proceeded to spoon-feed Glen the bowl of soup.’
- ‘The other week, I made them honorary members of his nursing staff, because he always manages to eat that little bit more than usual when the twins play Mummy with him and spoon-feed him soups or porridge.’
- ‘He has been robbed even of the ability to chew, so a nurse must spoon-feed him every meal.’
- 1.1 Provide (someone) with so much help or information that they do not need to think for themselves.
- ‘He does not spoon-feed or coddle his audience; he does not always explain all the minute particulars of every event he discusses.’
- ‘Let them find their own way out of their befuddlement: There is no need to spoon-feed them.’
- ‘It is high time for us to spoon-feed them - teach them the process of transformation, how it works.’
- ‘We don't spoon-feed the audience and tell them what to think.’
- ‘Those qualities don't interest me much in music or any artform, nor do the types of performances which spoon-feed the audience.’
- ‘He said: ‘Nobody is going to come out and spoon-feed the town council.’’
- ‘The ensuing film is a rich character study that forces viewers to think for themselves, rather than being spoon-fed by the director.’
- ‘And then you have to spoon-feed journalists so that you'll have it, it's easy, you don't have to make 12 phone calls.’
- ‘It's time to start trusting students to make their own informed decisions, as opposed to spoon-feeding them.’
- ‘But this week it means intelligent, not letting anyone or anything spoon-feed you.’
- ‘As for Reid, his signature move is simple: spoon-feed journalists one day, then scream at them the next if the story's not spun to his heart's desire.’
- ‘Here, we are talking about recognizing significant ‘clues’ in a musical score and not having to be spoon-fed and guided time after time.’
- ‘The US media has simply allowed him to spoon-feed them.’
- ‘I am not here to spoon-feed you and nor are you the kind of people who should be spoon-fed.’
- ‘But the show clumsily spoon-feeds us its insights.’
- ‘It challenges you with provocative ideas, and doesn't spoon-feed you.’
- ‘Can you imagine being a manager and not having to think for everybody all the time, spoon-feed them and having to scrutinize every single document before it leaves your department, simply because you cannot depend on your subordinates?’
- ‘Much of the country seems to be engrossed in the process as the media spoon-feeds them breaking news sound-bites.’
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