verb (used with object)
to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper:
to coddle children when they're sick.
to cook (eggs, fruit, etc.) in water that is just below the boiling point; cook gently.
v. use of
indulge, baby, humor, spoil.
to treat with indulgence
to cook (something, esp eggs) in water just below the boiling point
) stew made from ham and bacon scraps
[C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to
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They rush out to buy the plant, take it home and coddle it in a toasty living room.
We need students to learn that it is their responsibility to get their education and no one is going to coddle them.
But dads are programmed to challenge their kids, not coddle them.
Originally created to coddle these local monopolies, they've now become a hazard to their existence.
The staff will coddle you and murmur approvingly as you order.
All of this novelty carries risks for a society that has tended to coddle its subscribers, and some discontent has been evident.
They are unhappy because the work world will not coddle them the way mom and dad did.
If the owner does not intervene electronically to coddle it or clean up its messes, the creature dies.
To torment your body, he discovered, is really to value it every bit as much as you do when you coddle it.
Coddle those clean feet, and get a new medicine cabinet too.
And that is what you get when you coddle the kids and build up their self esteem.
He was correct that you have to chop a viper's head off to stop it, not coddle it.
Ament cites the band's distaste for promotion and unwillingness to coddle pop fans as factors that hampered sales.
However many new justifications are invented for the government to pick winners, and coddle losers, it will remain a bad old idea.
Their parents tried to coddle them, to provide all the things they couldn't have but always longed for.
The new money is not being spent to coddle criminals.
He thinks that many problems in society go back to parents who give their kids everything and coddle them continually.
The more you coddle them and hand hold, the more they will stay around.