born with a silver spoon in your mouth

born with a silver spoon in (one's) mouth

Born into a wealthy family. We may both be wealthy now, but I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I had nothing when I was young, and all of my fortune is down to my own hard work. Everyone who attends that university was born with a silver spoon in their mouth, so I just don't think it's the right place for me.
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born with a silver spoon in your mouth

If you say that someone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth, you mean that their parents were very rich. He's wealthy now but he certainly wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Note: You can use silver-spoon before a noun to describe a person like this or their lifestyle. Hers was no silver-spoon upbringing. Note: You often use this expression to show disapproval. Note: This expression goes back to the 17th century. The reference is to babies from wealthy families being fed using silver spoons.
See also: born, mouth, silver, spoon
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How come if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, the law turns coy on you?
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Auctioneers Bigwood said: "If you feel you really should have been born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you can can buy your way into the world of the landed gentry.
It's easy to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth,'' the mayor told the 27 being honored for completing the residential substance-abuse treatment facility's two-year program.
Some morals may be familiar such as Aesop's "Slow but steady wins the race"; others might be new to the reader, such as "Being born with a silver spoon in your mouth doesn't teach you how to feed yourself.
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