coddle

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Synonyms for coddle

Synonyms for coddle

to treat with indulgence and often overtender care

Synonyms for coddle

treat with excessive indulgence

cook in nearly boiling water

References in classic literature ?
The Greek sages used to walk about without them, so why should we coddle ourselves with such things?
You needn't think it an unmanly or quizzical thing to be particular about your nightcap, for I have often heard your poor dear papa, and the Reverend Mr What's- his-name, who used to read prayers in that old church with the curious little steeple that the weathercock was blown off the night week before you were born,--I have often heard them say, that the young men at college are uncommonly particular about their nightcaps, and that the Oxford nightcaps are quite celebrated for their strength and goodness; so much so, indeed, that the young men never dream of going to bed without 'em, and I believe it's admitted on all hands that THEY know what's good, and don't coddle themselves.
The only nanny-ish or "compassionate" move the Bush Administration has made is toward partial Medicare coverage of prescription drugs, but that policy coddles the pharmaceutical companies and forces the elderly into an Olympic hoop jump.
As expertly played by comedian Steve Coogan, Wilson comes off as light-years smarter and more practical than the indulgent, self-destructive artists he coddles and adores.
There is no supporting evidence or independent evidence (aside from the claims of his accusers) that Lastimoso coddles druglords," said Robert Barbers, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order.