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spoon-feed

[spoon-feed, -feed]
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verb (used with object), spoon-fed, spoon-feed·ing.
  1. to cause to be spoon-fed.
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Origin of spoon-feed

First recorded in 1605–15
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Related Words for spoon-feed

baby, coddle, indulge, mollycoddle, spoil, overindulge

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Historical Examples of spoon-feed

  • Better let them go to hell in their own way than attempt to spoon-feed them.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)


British Dictionary definitions for spoon-feed

spoon-feed

verb -feeds, -feeding or -fed (tr)
  1. to feed with a spoon
  2. to overindulge or spoil
  3. to provide (a person) with ready-made opinions, judgments, etc, depriving him of original thought or action
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