nanny state

noun
a government perceived as authoritarian, interfering, or overprotective.
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nanny state
 
n
a government that makes decisions for people that they might otherwise make for themselves, esp those relating to private and personal behaviour

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Example sentences
When you have a nanny state, you spend a lot of money on blankets and bottles.
The island has a reputation as a strict nanny state for a reason.
Given the food industry's power, and fears of a nanny state, it's unsurprising
  that the paper's authors are caught in a flame war.
Maybe governments shouldn't be in the business of running nanny state ads about
  personal nutrition.
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