One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Attend to all someone's needs or requests, especially when this is regarded as unreasonable.
pamper, spoil, overindulge, coddle, mollycoddle, cosset, nanny, nursemaid, mother, baby, pet, spoon-feed, feather-bed, wrap in cotton wool, overparentView synonyms
- ‘Right from the start, the aging mother, Mag, is demanding, and expects her daughter to wait on her hand and foot.’
- ‘This ensures that anyone around you doesn't forget said fact and knows that it is their God given duty to wait on you hand and foot.’
- ‘But that's the thing - people wait on you hand and foot.’
- ‘He pampered me as he always does when I'm sick and waited on me hand and foot and now I feel so overwhelmingly guilty that I'm just going to pack it in and go to bed before he says ‘are you ok?’’
- ‘‘We had our own private island - our own beach, our own swimming pool, three people to wait on us hand and foot and the most incredible water - completely unpolluted, completely blue and warm - and just utter heaven,’ she said.’
- ‘I also surmised that she is one of these women who is subservient to her husband and waits on him hand and foot.’
- ‘Sons, on the other hand, are still being reared to expect women to wait on them hand and foot.’
- ‘I suppose it is rather easy to get spoiled when you have servants waiting on you hand and foot.’
- ‘I'm an old woman, I can't be expected to wait on you hand and foot for the rest of my life.’
- ‘I was a petulant teenager with a terrible temper (which I've lost) who assumed that my parents were only here to wait on me hand and foot (all that has clearly changed in the last two decades as well).’
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