coddle coddle  /ˈkɑ dəl/


  1. (v) treat with excessive indulgence
  2. (v) cook in nearly boiling water


  1. To coddle the egg yolk, bring a small pot of water to a boil, slowly add the egg in its shell, and cook for three minutes.
  2. Makers of athletic shoes have grown and prospered by selling a steady stream of new and improved models designed to cushion, coddle and correct the feet.
  3. In a region not known to coddle second-raters, it is not much fun to be the least distinctive sports franchise in town.


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  1. OBAMA: Blamed some of the problem of terrorism in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region on Bush administration policy in Pakistan, saying "We can't coddle, as we did, a dictator, give him billions of dollars and then he's making peace treaties with the...
    on Oct 7, 2008 By: President Bush Source: FOXNews

  2. "We cannot afford to continue to coddle the dreams of rocket hobbyists and so-called commercial providers who claim the future of US human spaceflight can be achieved faster and cheaper than Constellation," Shelby said.
    on Feb 1, 2010 By: Richard Shelby Source: Florida Today

  3. "Senator Frist now suggests that the best way forward in Afghanistan is to coddle the Taliban by welcoming Taliban members into a coalition government, as if 9/11 had never happened," Pelosi said Tuesday in a statement.
    on Oct 3, 2006 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: International Herald Tribune

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