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wet-nurse

[wet-nurs] /ˈwɛtˌnɜrs/
verb (used with object), wet-nursed, wet-nursing.
1.
to act as a wet nurse to (an infant).
2.
to give excessive care or attention to; treat as if helpless:
The warden is accused of wet-nursing his prisoners.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85
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