nanny state


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nanny state

n. Informal
A government perceived as having excessive interest in or control over the welfare of its citizens, especially in the enforcement of extensive public health and safety regulations.

nanny state

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a government that makes decisions for people that they might otherwise make for themselves, esp those relating to private and personal behaviour
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nanny state

n (esp Brit pej) → Bevormundungsstaat m; (all-providing) → Versorgerstaat m
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SOME people think that the Government advising people what to eat in their own homes and how to eat it is more unwelcome evidence of the nanny state.
No, at the right time we do have to be nanny state we love, we take care, we nurture," the chef said.
No, at the right time we do have to be nanny state - we love, we take care, we nurture," he said.
LEO Varadkar yesterday ruled out banning sunbeds, claiming he doesn't want the country to become a nanny state.
Only he's not on his own - he's got the nanny state and PS2,000 a month in benefits to help him.
ON the face of it the Volvo XC60 seems to bring together European car safety legislation and the worst of the nanny state.
Speaking about those who argue it is an example of the nanny state, Prof Drakeford said: "I understand that is a legitimate point of view.
Far from being the nanny state in overdrive, this is the kind of early intervention that changes people's lives.
This is not the nanny state - it's the sensible state.
Eric finds himself a figurehead for all those who are fed up of the nanny state antics which increasingly govern every aspect of our lives.
2011) leadership for health: Developing a canny nanny state.
You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition.