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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Contestants are spoon-fed witty answers, and get slagged off in planning meetings - mostly by reluctant host Brydon who plays an angrier, frustrated version of himself.
I think that's a really good tactic because a lot of young people today are spoon-fed and are not allowed to go through the growth stages that come with being responsible for your actions.