spoon-feed (someone)

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spoon-feed (someone)

1. Literally, to insert food into another person's mouth. The nurses had to spoon-feed my mother after her stroke. No, my daughter is off the bottle now—we're spoon-feeding her.
2. By extension, to help someone excessively (usually to the recipient's detriment). Her students are lazy because she always spoon-feeds them the answers. The actress got so flustered in front of the camera that we had to spoon-feed her the lines. How unprofessional!

spoon-feed someone

Fig. to treat someone with too much care or help; to teach someone with methods that are too easy and do not stimulate the learner to independent thinking. The teacher spoon-feeds the students by dictating notes on the novel instead of getting the children to read the books. You mustn't spoon-feed the new recruits by telling them what to do all the time. They must use their initiative.
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We have to keep spoon-feeding him along the way, but he's going to be a good addition for us offensively.
Towering blonde Penny showed her devotion by spoon-feeding him ice-cream as he lay on a sun lounger.
HOLLYWOOD hunk Brad Pitt was caught getting hot and heavy with Catherine Zeta-Jones - clearly her spoon-feeding him ice cream failed to cool his passion.
Thomas fumes that Jordan has been condescending, when ironically he can't detect the condescension from the circle of white men spoon-feeding him their ideology.