nestling


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nestle (up) to (someone or something)

To lean or lie against someone or something in a gentle, cuddly manner; to snuggle up to someone or something. The boy went over to the sofa and nestled up to his mother while they watched the movie. I love to nestle to this stuffed animal as I go to sleep at night.
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nestle (up) against (someone or something)

To lean or lie against someone or something in a gentle, cuddly manner; to snuggle up to someone or something. The boy went over to the sofa and nestled up against his mother while they watched the movie. I love to nestle against this stuffed animal as I go to sleep at night.
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nestle (up) into (someone or something)

To lean or lie into someone or something in a gentle, cuddly manner; to snuggle up to someone or something. The boy went over to the sofa and nestled up into his mother while they watched the movie. I love to nestle into this stuffed animal as I go to sleep at night.
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nestle down (in something)

To lean or lie down (into or on top of something) in a snuggly, cuddly, secure manner. After the kids were in bed and the house was tidied up, we finally nestled down in front of the television to chill out for a while. I love nestling down in bed at night after a long day of work.
See also: down, nestle
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Tests in the mid-1990s, for example, showed that pigeon nestlings that had been recently fed didn't spend as much time begging as those that researchers had stinted.
College, red-winged blackbirds delivered extra food to their nestlings when researchers enhanced the begging cacophony by broadcasting recorded chick calls for 5 minutes.
The scientists created a short-term need by keeping otherwise healthy nestlings from getting a meal.
When researchers dyed baby bird gapes with red or yellow food coloring, parents indeed gave the redder nestlings more of the food.
The cameras also revealed a striking sex-related difference: Father bluebirds fed female nestlings more often than they fed male nestlings -- in some instances feeding daughters twice as frequently as sons.
Those who have been favored as nestlings might look for more generous mates that can provide plenty of food for a hungry brood, she says.