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[v] cook in nearly boiling water; "coddle eggs"
[v] treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

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cook, do by, handle, treat

Misc. Definitions

\Cod"dle\ (k[o^]d"d'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coddled} (-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Coddling} (-dl[i^]ng).] [Cf. {Prov}. E. caddle to coax, spoil, fondle, and {Cade}, a. & v. t.] [Written also {codle}.]
1. To parboil, or soften by boiling. It [the guava fruit] may be coddled. --Dampier.
2. To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper. How many of our English princes have been coddled at home by their fond papas and mammas! --Thackeray. He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation. --Southey.

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