v.tr. mol·ly·cod·dled, mol·ly·cod·dling, mol·ly·cod·dles
To be overprotective and indulgent toward. See Synonyms at pamper.
A person, especially a man or a boy, who is pampered and overprotected.
[molly, milksop (from Molly, nickname for Mary) + CODDLE.]
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