be spoon-fed

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be spoon-fed

1. Literally, to have food inserted into one's mouth by another person. My mother had to be spoon-fed for a while after her stroke. No, my daughter is off the bottle now—she's spoon-fed.
2. By extension, to be helped excessively by someone else (usually to the recipient's detriment). Those students are lazy because they are always spoon-fed the answers by their teacher. The actress got so flustered in front of the camera that she had to be spoon-fed her lines. How unprofessional!
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The baby was spoon-fed for a few days until he was deemed fit for surgery.
The infant was spoon-fed until she was physiologically stable and fit for surgery.
But mostly I encountered patronizing advice I learned in grade school that was spoon-fed to me in small, gimmicky packages oozing with cheesy condescension.
London, Aug 17 (ANI): Late Michael Jackson had become so weak in his final days that he was spoon-fed, his make-up artist has revealed.