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mollycoddle (verb) (old-fashioned) treat someone with too much affection; pamper.

When you mollycoddle someone you pamper them; you show them excess of affection. They get too much of your attention, protection, and care when you mollycoddle them. They get spoiled because of mollycoddling.

  • Her mother's mollycoddling of her made Ann grow into an arrogant woman. She was intolerant of any opposition, used as she was in her childhood to have her will in everything.
  • The mother mollycoddled the boy, whereas, contrary to her, his father rather ill-treated him. Confused by this, he left home at an early age and lived on his own.
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