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nanny state

noun
1.
a government perceived as authoritarian, interfering, or overprotective.
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Examples from the web for nanny state
  • 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.
  • When industry is served by government action, the nanny state argument vanishes.
  • Chefs hailed the action as a victory for personal choice and a repudiation of the nanny state.
  • The temptation to extend the reach of the nanny state always presents itself when a tragedy of this sort occurs.
  • Everything else is symptomatic of big government and a nanny state.
  • Please feel free to stay at home and be protected by the nanny state you are wishing for.
British Dictionary definitions for nanny state

nanny state

noun
1.
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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