be spoon-fed

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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Homework is supposed to be done by children so that they learn to be independent and not be spoon-fed. Not a single student has commented about their experience in the published article.
Some 300 of them will be spoon-fed small doses of insulin powder until they are aged three.
He said although residents of Lepashe had been classified as Rural Area Dwellers (RADs) that should not be an excuse for them to expect to be spoon-fed, adding that it was upon them to utilise government programmes to uplift their lives.
In my mother's case, she eventually needed to be spoon-fed until she quietly died in her sleep.
The dancer who needs to be spoon-fed ..." He lets the thought hang, shrugging his shoulders.
Waiting to be spoon-fed orders, I struggled to find a role for myself, and felt afraid to ask advice from the busy people around me.
"At home, Rhys needs to be spoon-fed. He won't feed himself, except for biscuits and he just drops food back out of his mouth if he doesn't want it.
But, as the crippling genetic disorder which grips her body takes tighter hold, she'll be spoon-fed her Christmas dinner in front of her loved ones this year.
"I'm not looking forward to Christmas dinner this year, because I will have to be spoon-fed like a baby in front of everyone.
I find it hard to believe that the majority of Mexican viewers are so completely disinterested in the news of the day that they have to be spoon-fed fluff.
Such convenience accommodates both the lazy ones who want to be spoon-fed and the authorities who view themselves as far more capable than the laity of finding truth.
Given her combativeness and reluctance to be spoon-fed, Mrs.
The campmates have been moaning non-stop about how hungry they are - particularly David Gest who had to be spoon-fed rice by Matt Willis.
Where once she had to be spoon-fed, she now tucks into four meals a day.
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