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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This week my eldest sons have visited us in Bahrain and whilst we have all loved seeing them and spoiling them rotten, it is my youngest son, who lives here with us by himself who enjoyed this time the most of all.
My mum, of course, was spoiling them rotten from the moment of their arrival when they were greeted with two mini deckchairs, fishing rods and a basin full of little bags of chocolate.
Rehabilitation manager Pauline Hammond said: "We want to show our patients that we care by spoiling them rotten and making sure they are well and truly pampered.
Kath, of Townhill, Swansea, said: "I'm so proud - they are beautiful and we are spoiling them rotten.