nurture

(redirected from nurtured)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

nurture a serpent in (one's) bosom

To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. (A less common variant of "nurture a viper in one's bosom.") I thought the profligate had seen the light and was seeking redemption, and so I took him into my care. But before long, I knew I had nurtured a serpent in my bosom, as I awoke one morning to find myself robbed blind! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nurtured a serpent in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out and run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nurture, serpent

nurture a viper in (one's) bosom

To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. I thought the profligate had seen the light and was seeking redemption, and so I took him into my care. But before long, I knew I had nurtured a viper in my bosom, as I awoke one morning to find myself robbed blind! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nurtured a viper in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out and run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nurture, viper

nurture a snake in (one's) bosom

To befriend, look after, or take care of someone who proves to be traitorous, untrustworthy, deceitful, or ungrateful. I thought the profligate had seen the light and was seeking redemption, and so I took him into my care. But before long, I knew I had nurtured a snake in my bosom, as I awoke one morning to find myself robbed blind! I thought our love was not only mutual but indestructible; and yet, I have nurtured a snake in my bosom all these years: my darling husband has cast me out and run off with a younger woman.
See also: bosom, nurture, snake
References in periodicals archive ?
Only in a land where intolerance and suspicion and hatred of "the other" are nurtured -- fed and watered daily -- would that long-ago battle still stir passions and cause ordinary citizens to endorse a campaign of genocide.
The mustard tree, nurtured through its youth to its maturity, is this big, strong, vitally alive thing.
A recent IDG Connect campaign produced over 4,000 leads that were nurtured over an eight week time period generating three sales opportunities.
Although she insured that they were always protected and nurtured, Brent's maternal method has been suffused with "middle ground" - she has neither nurtured her children with dependable consistency, taught them moral values, or instilled in them racial knowledge or pride.
It is an exceptional village where cooperation and independence flourish, friendships are nurtured, teamwork is paramount, and self-discovery is at the root of every activity.
This finding has confused him because evidence suggests that hypacrosaurs and other members of the hadrosaurid family apparently nurtured their young.
Edwards' popular advertising campaign introduced in 2005, which featured "nest eggs" of various sizes being nurtured and cared for by people in everyday situations.
Only JOHNSON'S(R) best understands the difference between baby and adult skin and can offer scientific proof behind improving adult skin and restoring it to nurtured baby softness.
The mere fact that Binti was nurtured well by humans demonstrates the efficacy of such upbringing, and it also verifies the theory that if abused children grow to abuse their own children (and possibly others), then it stands to reason that nurtured children will grow to nurture their own and others as well.
New leads generated can be scored based on qualification criteria, nurtured with timely communications including messaging specific to their interests and pain points, and dynamically routed at the right time to the sales person or call center based on predefined criteria," said William Schnabel, President and COO of Vtrenz.
Remember, people have their own ideas of how to be nurtured.
The summit was priceless because it uncovered the importance of early learning to a group of individuals who unquestionably have the clout and wherewithal to effect change in the way children are nurtured," said Talaris's board president, Dr.
As a result, we are realizing tremendous value from all of the technology we've implemented by making sure leads are identified, qualified, nurtured and turned into sales.
Co-founder and CEO Nigel Drummond is the former president of publicly quoted Virtual Internet, chairman of European dotcom, Chandra plc, and nurtured many companies through IPO during his seven-year stint as a technology business consultant in Silicon Valley.
Full browser ?