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nanny state

Syllabification: nan·ny state

Definition of nanny state in English:

noun

The government regarded as overprotective or as interfering unduly with personal choice.
Example sentences
  • I am now awaiting the cries of "nanny state!"
  • The free country has become the " nanny state ".
  • I too am not in favour of the nanny state.

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