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coddle

verb [T] uk   /ˈkɒd.l̩/ us    /ˈkɑː.dl̩/

coddle verb [T] (COOK)

to cook food, especially eggs, in water just below boiling temperature: coddled eggsPreparing food using heatPreparing food

coddle verb [T] (PROTECT)

to protect someone or something too much: The steel industry is coddled by trade protection and massive subsidies.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and savingTreating someone well
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