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 for coddle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coddle \Cod"dle\ (k[o^]d"d'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coddled
     (-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Coddling (-dl[i^]ng).] [Cf.
     Prov. E. caddle to coax, spoil, fondle, and Cade, a. & v.
     t.] [Written also codle.]
     1. To parboil, or soften by boiling.
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              It [the guava fruit] may be coddled.  --Dampier.
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     2. To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper.
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              How many of our English princes have been coddled at
              home by their fond papas and mammas!  --Thackeray.
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              He [Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation.
                                                    --Southey.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  coddle
      v 1: treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper
           the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!" [syn:
           pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby,
           coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulge]
      2: cook in nearly boiling water; "coddle eggs"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  79 Moby Thesaurus words for "coddle":
     baby, bake, barbecue, baste, bay, blanch, boil, braise, brew,
     broil, brown, care for, caress, cater to, cherish, cocker, cook,
     cosset, cotton, cradle, cultivate, curry, dandle, devil, do,
     do to perfection, dry-nurse, favor, feed, fire, fondle, foster,
     fricassee, frizz, frizzle, fry, give way to, gratify, griddle,
     grill, heat, humor, indulge, lavish care on, mollycoddle, mother,
     much, nourish, nurse, nurture, oblige, oven-bake, pamper, pan,
     pan-broil, parboil, pat, pet, please, poach, prepare, prepare food,
     roast, satisfy, saute, scallop, sear, shirr, simmer, spoil,
     spoon-feed, steam, stew, stir-fry, suckle, sustain, toast,
     wet-nurse, yield to
  
  

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