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Definitions by Wordnik

  1. (verb-transitive) To cook in water just below the boiling point: coddle eggs.
  2. (verb-transitive) To treat indulgently; baby. See Synonyms at pamper.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Elsewhere, Hastert said the Democratic plan would "coddle" -- oh, how they love to accuse others of coddling -- "the same terrorists who plan to harm innocent Americans and their freedom worldwide." - Joshuah Bearman: The Tyranny of the Detainee Bill
  2. Wanting to see the law respected is not the same as wanting to "coddle" our enemies. - Borger: CIA flap a huge headache for Obama
  3. One Afghan politician believes that, while Gen. David Petraeus will almost certainly pursue a counterinsurgency strategy similar to his predecessor's, he will be less inclined to "coddle" Karzai on corruption than McChrystal was. - The Economist: Give Petraeus A Chance
  4. Clinton wasn't going to "coddle" Beijing dictators, remember? - Election Central Morning Roundup
  5. The CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, has said that he now has to "coddle" his employees, and even the U.S. military has encouraged its drillmasters to do less shouting because, according to Under Secretary of Defense David Chu, today's generation of recruits respond better to instructors who play "a more counseling-type role." - Hillary and the Gender Wars


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