Definition of “spare the rod and spoil the child” - English Dictionary

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“spare the rod and spoil the child” in British English

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spare the rod and spoil the child

old-fashioned saying

said to mean that if you do not punish a child when they do something wrong, they will not learn what is right

(Definition of “spare the rod and spoil the child” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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