be spoon-fed

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be spoon-fed

1. Literally, to have food inserted into one's mouth by another person. My mother had to be spoon-fed for a while after her stroke. No, my daughter is off the bottle now—she's spoon-fed.
2. By extension, to be helped excessively by someone else (usually to the recipient's detriment). Those students are lazy because they are always spoon-fed the answers by their teacher. The actress got so flustered in front of the camera that she had to be spoon-fed her lines. How unprofessional!
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Contestants are spoon-fed witty answers, and get slagged off in planning meetings - mostly by reluctant host Brydon who plays an angrier, frustrated version of himself.
I think that's a really good tactic because a lot of young people today are spoon-fed and are not allowed to go through the growth stages that come with being responsible for your actions.
We've all seen the documentaries about children raised in the Ku Klux Klan; children who are spoon-fed racist propaganda the way most of us teach our children nursery rhymes.