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silver spoon

spoon (def 16).
Origin of silver spoon
1795-1805 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for silver spoon
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  • He gave a silver spoon there, one of about forty that lucky infant received from near and far.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • No sponsor ever gave the new arrival a mug or a silver spoon.

  • Klaus Heinrich watched her as she washed out the tea-pot with hot water and put the tea in with a silver spoon.

    Royal Highness Thomas Mann
  • Some are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, and others with a parritch-stick.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • The winner is the cat which first reaches home, and the prize awarded to its owner is sometimes a ham, sometimes a silver spoon.

Contemporary definitions for silver spoon

inherited wealth and accompanying social status and (sometimes) luck

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