spoil (one) rotten

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spoil (one) rotten

To cause one to expect to receive everything they want by always giving it to them. In this phrase, "rotten" is an intensifier. I think some grandparents believe it's their duty to spoil their grandchildren rotten.
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spoiled rotten

Fig. indulged in; greatly spoiled. This kid is spoiled rotten! I was spoiled rotten when I was a child, so I'm used to this kind of wasteful luxury.
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spoil somebody ˈrotten

(informal) give somebody everything they want or ask for: She spoils the kids rotten.
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WHEN we were kids, our grannies spoiled us rotten with a neverending supply of sweets, toys and attention.
But if our maiden aunts had visited (my generation had such who spoiled us rotten, they lost their marriage prospects in the 1914-18 war), then it would run to the 2d ice-cream version.
He had six girls and he spoiled us rotten,'' said eldest daughter Roberta Copelin.