American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To feed (another) with a spoon.
- v. To treat (another) in a way that discourages independent thought or action, as by overindulgence.
- v. To provide (another) with knowledge or information in an oversimplified way.
- v. To provide (knowledge or information) in an oversimplified way.
- spoon + feed. (Wiktionary)
“They don't need me to spoon-feed them and I have no problem becoming more passive and let events come to pass without further comment from here.”
“Eve Sussman says, the fact that you could have that reading is also really interesting - I never spoon-feed the audience everything - it's not TV, people can develop their own readings of it, even if you have watched it out of order, it still works.”
“As such, I appreciate that the film didn't spoon-feed the basics, which allows it to concentrate on its sometimes wonky subject matter.”
“No one else would spoon-feed the opposition with ready-made quotes for their publicity brochures.”
“She has to spoon-feed her mother, who sits there, mouth clamped shut, stubborn as can be.”
“They set up portals designed to spoon-feed content to the masses and positioned those sites as a guide to what was then a new and often daunting communications environment.”
“It is easy for those who have never experienced these problems to apportion the "undeserving" tag to drug users, but a failure to understand the starting point for addiction means that policies that spoon-feed attractive soundbites to Middle England about getting all addicts off drugs are unlikely to translate into successful outcomes for users.”
“So it is now considered beneath the dignity of a nurse to spoon-feed a patient?”
“Writing about the 1988 Dukakis-Bush campaign for the New York Review of Books, she exposed the staged and canned narratives campaign consultants have learned to spoon-feed reporters assigned to cover presidential politics for the mainstream media.”
“The fact is these numbers are made up by the theaters, and then turned over to the studies who add their own fictional spin, and then given to the PR departments, who then spoon-feed them to reporters, etc.”
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