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.
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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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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?