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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Is it all down to the nanny state that we are all a part of now or is it just the excuse that they needed?
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Dear me, where are we heading in this nanny state and politically correct society where everybody can hide behind health and safety as an excuse for doing nothing?
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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.
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You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition.