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spoon-feed someone

Fig. to treat someone with too much care or help; to teach someone with methods that are too easy and do not stimulate the learner to independent thinking. The teacher spoon-feeds the students by dictating notes on the novel instead of getting the children to read the books. You mustn't spoon-feed the new recruits by telling them what to do all the time. They must use their initiative.
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They didn't spoon-feed us pat answers but led us to ask important questions of ourselves.
Fronted by Geordieland's favourite sons Ant 'n' Dec, whose offerings of late seemingly have the same safe baby formula to spoon-feed the complacent and thoroughly bored.
Hilda's anxiety leads her to spoon-feed Emily, who as a consequence finds it difficult to either feed herself or hold her spoon properly.
Don't spoon-feed people', he explained, 'let's give them something to chew on'.
The ACW has a good track record of working with schools and communities throughout Wales on a variety of projects, but you cannot spoon-feed people all of the time.
Not only were those in the Midlands more likely to share food with a partner, but they were also the happiest to romantically spoon-feed their other half with 30 per cent saying they would not be embarrassed to feed their partner in a public place.
In an attempt to portray their marriage as normal, Tom Cunningham described how Anna used to lovingly spoon-feed her husband chicken soup.
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