from The Century Dictionary.
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Little Billee is a very nice young man who has been kept too close to his mother's apron-strings for his own good -- a girlish, hysterical kind of boy, who should be given spoon-victuals and put to bed early.
So to-day I was boun 'I'd get my dinner; so I cuts it up an' spoon-victuals it, for fear of hurtin 'the feelin's of the best payin' boarder.