But the way to nurture them is not to wrap them in cotton wool and to step in with help every time markets are tough.
Or they'll say that bullfighters stop up the nostrils of bulls with cotton wool.
Boot marks on the stomach, fist-sized holes in the back, cotton wool stuffed into them.
At the back of the drawer sat the white swan's egg cushioned in a bed of cotton wool.
British Dictionary definitions for cotton wool
(mainly Brit) Also called purified cotton. bleached and sterilized cotton from which the gross impurities, such as the seeds and waxy matter, have been removed: used for surgical dressings, tampons, etc Usual US term absorbent cotton