cotton-wool generation

cotton-wool generation

n
the children and teenagers of the early 21st century, viewed as having been overprotected while growing up
[C21: from the practice of wrapping fragile things in cotton wool for protection]
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Half of the "cotton-wool generation" have never taken part in adventure sports and 40% have never camped out in their back gardens.
Half of the "cotton-wool generation" have never taken part in adventure sports - and 40% have never even camped out in their back gardens.