spoil (one) rotten

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spoil (one) rotten

To cause one to expect to receive everything they want by always giving it to them. In this phrase, "rotten" is an intensifier. I think some grandparents believe it's their duty to spoil their grandchildren rotten.
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spoiled rotten

Fig. indulged in; greatly spoiled. This kid is spoiled rotten! I was spoiled rotten when I was a child, so I'm used to this kind of wasteful luxury.
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spoil somebody ˈrotten

(informal) give somebody everything they want or ask for: She spoils the kids rotten.
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You won't be stuck for inspiration when it comes to finding the perfect present for mums, daughters, sisters or grans, as well as the in-laws with our 13 ways to spoil them rotten.
In the old days the way to differentiate a business class customer was to serve some Boli up the front and spoil them rotten [while] the others got jammed in the back.
I would also treat the family and spoil them rotten.
A POEM FOR LESLEY ON HER RETIREMENT Lesley my dear, you gave me a shock, Didn't realise you were watching the retirement clock, The joyous day was Wednesday the seventh, After that day life was just heaven, No more work to make you grumptious, Home with Graham will be just scrumptious, Off on the road with your new caravan, "I will keep to the left", says Stan the man, Much more time to spend with the grandkids, Spoil them rotten and spend lots of quids, No time at all to just sit around, no you just can't, You will be too busy looking after your aunt, We will miss you Lesley, you are the best, Now it's time for a fun-filled rest.
She said: "I've got two dogs of my own and I absolutely love to spoil them rotten.
Most people in her situation would palm their kids off to the nanny and spoil them rotten.
For a short time grandchildren are lovely to see and you can spoil them rotten without fear of them taking advantage, but if grandparents are part of the workforce at home I think the novelty wears off for both the grandparents and grandchildren.
It would have been so easy for him to spoil them rotten but he made sure they were down-to-earth and they are their own people.
Those of us who don't have kids spoil them rotten,'' Bleitz said.
The cats are my family and I spoil them rotten, but they are worth it.
Any gran wants to be able to run after their grandchildren and spoil them rotten.