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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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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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References in classic literature ?
How many strikes have you won by starving labour into submission?
No violence had occurred as yet, with the exception of the shooting of a few wire-cutters by the soldiers, but the people of the slums were starving and growing ominously restless.
It's only a poor, mad creature, William," she whispered--"shipwrecked and starving.
Perhaps there really is nothing to do about the tragedy in Somalia except inject armed force to permit the starving multitudes to be fed.
On the 16th and 17th of November, over 700 Phenomenex employees, friends, family and community members will set forth to hand pack 150,000 meals to feed thousands of starving children in the developing world.
11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At least half a million MannaPack(TM) meals from Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) are already being distributed to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines, and an additional 2.
Acting selectively plays to males' advantage since well-fed females show more interest in mating and are less likely to consume their sexual partners when compared to starving females, reports the Discovery News.
GEORGE Orwell said that the ultimate obscenity would be when one half of the world could watch the other half starving to death on television.
He told him: "The most troubling thing about this case is that you were at home while two dogs were effectively starving to death in your back garden.
BEEKEEPERS in South Wales have been urged to check their colonies after reports bees are starving during the wet summer weather.
Mrs Rodgers, 52, said the family was furious he had escaped justice by starving himself to death eight days before he stood trial for Chantel Taylor's murder.
LINDSAY TAKES NOURISHMENT: Bet you've read/heard that super-svelte Lindsay Lohan is starving herself.
It is easy to put out of our minds the many millions who are starving in Africa and other parts of the world when tucking in.
thousands of starving Romans drown themselves in The Tiber River.
With a large proportion of the third world really starving, the stunt was in very bad taste.