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feed a cold, starve a fever

Antiquated advice that suggests that someone with a cold should eat, while someone with a fever should fast. Most health experts now agree that "starving" is not the right course for either malady. My grandmother always said "feed a cold, starve a fever," but it's best to stay properly nourished even when you have a high temperature.
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be starving

To be very hungry. Mom, I'm starving! Is dinner almost ready?
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starve for (something)

To have an intense need or longing for something; to be deprived of something. You'd think the child was starved for attention from the way he screams and shouts around his parents. We've been starving for reliable staff at the hotel lately.
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starve (someone or something) of (something)

To withhold some commodity or resource from someone or something to the detriment of that person or thing. Often used in passive constructions. The authoritarian government has been accused of starving its citizens of essential services in order to maximize how much money can be invested in its military. The hotel has been starved of short-term staff ever since the local college closed. The president, unable to ban the clinics due to the constitution, has instead opted to starve them of funds and impose intense restrictions on how they are allowed to operate.
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starve (someone or something) out

To deprive someone or something of food in order to force them to submit or surrender. The terrorists have indicated that they will not leave the building peacefully, so police are planning to simply starve them out. The empire's army began starving the rebel city out, its siege lasting nearly three months.
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Feed a cold and starve a fever.

Prov. You should feed someone who has a cold, and withhold food from someone who has a fever.; (or, interpreted differently) If you feed someone who has a cold, that will ward off a fever. Jill: I don't feel like going out to lunch with you. I have a cold. Jane: All the more reason you should get something to eat. Feed a cold and starve a fever, you know.
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starve for some food

to be very hungry for something. I am just starved for some fresh peaches. We were starved for dinner by the time we finally got to eat.
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starve for someone or something

Fig. to have a strong desire or need for someone or something. (Based on starved for some food.) I am starved for Jane. I miss her so! Claire was starved for affection.
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starve (someone or an animal) into something

to force someone or an animal to do something by starvation. The torturers finally starved the prisoner into telling the battle plans. They starved the water buffalo into a state of weakness.
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starve (someone or an animal) out of some place

 and starve someone or an animal out
to force a living creature to come out of a hiding place or a place of security by starvation. The attackers tried to starve the people out of the walled city. We tried to starve out the mice.
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be ˈstarving (for something)

(also be ˈstarved especially American English ) (informal) feel very hungry: When’s dinner? I’m starving!
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starve for

To cause someone or something to suffer from lack of something. Used in the passive: The dog was starved for attention.
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starve of

To deprive someone or something of some resource, resulting in its depletion: Doctors tried to destroy the cancerous cells by starving them of oxygen. The agency has been starved of money by people in Congress who oppose it.
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starve out

To force someone or something to surrender by depriving them of food, as in a siege: The police starved out the criminals, who had refused to leave their apartment. If they refuse to surrender the garrison, we'll just starve them out.
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Plasma levels of vitamin A and E in normal control group had no significant difference with starved rats+water/ethanol and starved rats+hydro-alcoholic Aloe vera gel extract in 100 and 200 mg/kg dose groups (P[greater than]0.
2 cm in diameter) and were starved for 6 h (an optimal duration of starvation) (Zang and Liu, 2009) before the parasitoids were introduced for observations.
All of them, as well as being starved, were subjected to violence of differing degrees," Mr Raggatt said.
Starved individuals of groups A and B increased their weight, whereas the weight decreased in the control groups C and D (Table 1).
The Turks conscripted the young male Armenians and sent them on forced marches into inhospitable territories where they were either starved or were killed.
DESPERATE She starved herself in attempt to become a size zero model
At the start of the experiment, two experimental groups were established, the fed and the starved groups.
London, July 30 (ANI): Rihanna has caused a hullabaloo after tweeting about having starved herself before a photoshoot for Esquire magazine.
A SICK dog owner starved their pet to death before throwing it into a garden.
THE skin of a seven-year-old girl allegedly starved to death by her mother and stepfather at their home in Birmingham was found to be "incredibly thin".
Then, for 4 months, the researchers fed some fish and starved others.
Bryan Eichholtz, 47, and Susan Eichholtz, 46, entered their pleas during a break in their preliminary hearing after a pathologist testified that one of the horses probably starved to death, according to prosecutors.
Multitasking is the number one time management strategy used by time starved people to gain more time in their week.
Washington, February 10 (ANI): Starved mice are ready to tolerate electric shocks despite painful consequences - all for a chocolate nibble, experts have observed.