American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Retreat into the seclusion of one's own home during leisure time, as for privacy or escape: "The harassments of daily life—looming nuclear incineration, rude waiters—have driven people to cocooning.” ( George F. Will).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of forming or spinning cocoons.
- v. present participle of cocoon.
- n. retreating to the seclusion of your home (as for privacy or escape)
“In her recent book, The Faith Popcorn Report, she explains that cocooning is about "reality retreat -- the impulse to stay inside when it just gets too tough and scary outside.”
“This is "cocooning" - the decade-old idea of the home as a safe, soothing nest - but pushed to the extreme, and with a dose of humour thrown in as well.”
“The idea of cutting back the materialism and spending time with friends or family - known as "cocooning" - becomes more attractive in times of trouble, she said.”
“And so, what's important is a principle called cocooning, and the idea there is that the parents, the other siblings that are in close contact around this child should also get immunized to help protect that child against exposure to this virus.”
“Instead of spending money on things they don't necessarily need, like travel, they're placing more emphasis on the home, on cocooning, which is why our business is up.”
“Sociologists and researchers blame dismal job prospects and sky-high rents for such cocooning, which is said to affect 59 percent of Italians aged 18 to 34, according to the Eurispes research institute.”
“During this time, you can protect your baby by making sure that all of the adults (or siblings) who will be around the baby are protected - this is what public health personnel call the "cocooning" method.”
“Remember in the 1990s, when "cocooning" was a frequent story in the media, and yet we never hear about it anymore?”
“Are you "cocooning" at work, just waiting for the economy to turn around before you jump ship?”
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