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feed a cold, starve a fever

Antiquated advice that suggests that someone with a cold should eat, while someone with a fever should fast. Most health experts now agree that "starving" is not the right course for either malady. My grandmother always said "feed a cold, starve a fever," but it's best to stay properly nourished even when you have a high temperature.
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Feed a cold and starve a fever.

Prov. You should feed someone who has a cold, and withhold food from someone who has a fever.; (or, interpreted differently) If you feed someone who has a cold, that will ward off a fever. Jill: I don't feel like going out to lunch with you. I have a cold. Jane: All the more reason you should get something to eat. Feed a cold and starve a fever, you know.
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starve for some food

to be very hungry for something. I am just starved for some fresh peaches. We were starved for dinner by the time we finally got to eat.
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starve for someone or something

Fig. to have a strong desire or need for someone or something. (Based on starved for some food.) I am starved for Jane. I miss her so! Claire was starved for affection.
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starve (someone or an animal) into something

to force someone or an animal to do something by starvation. The torturers finally starved the prisoner into telling the battle plans. They starved the water buffalo into a state of weakness.
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starve (someone or an animal) out of some place

 and starve someone or an animal out
to force a living creature to come out of a hiding place or a place of security by starvation. The attackers tried to starve the people out of the walled city. We tried to starve out the mice.
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starve for

v.
To cause someone or something to suffer from lack of something. Used in the passive: The dog was starved for attention.
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starve of

v.
To deprive someone or something of some resource, resulting in its depletion: Doctors tried to destroy the cancerous cells by starving them of oxygen. The agency has been starved of money by people in Congress who oppose it.
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starve out

v.
To force someone or something to surrender by depriving them of food, as in a siege: The police starved out the criminals, who had refused to leave their apartment. If they refuse to surrender the garrison, we'll just starve them out.
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Throughout the experiment, the fed group received the commercial diet ad libitum, whereas nothing was provided to the starved group.
The infection that brought about Khyra's death was one that was caused, and wholly caused, as a result of one thing - for months, quite literally months, she had been starved, and starved quite deliberately.
NO INTENTION TO HARM HERSELF Helen Anderson, who starved to death.
Timothy Raggatt QC said Khyra had been starved to a point that was almost unique in the experience of British medical staff.
Starved individuals of groups A and B increased their weight, whereas the weight decreased in the control groups C and D (Table 1).
Caring for the boys' emotional and physical needs could not have been easy: One was born a crack baby; two were born with fetal alcohol syndrome; two had eating disorders when they arrived at the Jacksons' home: and one had been starved by his biological family.
The Turks conscripted the young male Armenians and sent them on forced marches into inhospitable territories where they were either starved or were killed.
REPUBLICANS are planning to hold a worldwide minute of silence to commemorate 10 prisoners who starved themselves to death 20 years ago.
So she did what many self-conscious young girls do: She starved herself thin, losing 30 pounds in one year.
DESPERATE She starved herself in attempt to become a size zero model
At the start of the experiment, two experimental groups were established, the fed and the starved groups.
A third experiment switched the females and their webs, presenting males with well-fed females on starved spiders' webs and vice versa.
A SICK dog owner starved their pet to death before throwing it into a garden.
THE skin of a seven-year-old girl allegedly starved to death by her mother and stepfather at their home in Birmingham was found to be "incredibly thin".