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English definition of “nanny state”

nanny state

noun [C] uk   disapproving us  
a government that tries to give too much advice or make too many laws about how people should live their lives, especially about eating, smoking, or drinking alcohol: The government was accused of trying to create a nanny state when it announced new guidelines on healthy eating.Systems of government
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