nanny state

nanny state
 A NEWT description of excessive government involvement in social issues and problems.
 ► “The book effectively lays out the neoconservative arguments against the nanny state - which, he points out, is anything but ‘compassionate’ in its effects.” (Wall Street Journal, Feb. 28, 1996, p. A12)

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  • nanny state — noun The state regarded as overprotective and authoritarian in its institutions • • • Main Entry: ↑nanny * * * nanny state UK US noun [countable] [singular nanny state plural …   Useful english dictionary

  • nanny state — noun count a government that tries to protect its people and control their lives in a way that stops them being independent …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Nanny state — Part of the Politics series Basic forms of government Aristocracy Autocracy …   Wikipedia

  • nanny state — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms nanny state : singular nanny state plural nanny states a government that tries to protect its people and control their lives in a way that stops them being independent …   English dictionary

  • nanny state — N SING: usu the N (disapproval) If you refer to a government as the nanny state, you disapprove of it because you think it tries to protect its citizens too much and makes them rely on the state too much. [mainly BRIT] The tussle to free the… …   English dictionary

  • nanny state — /ˈnæni steɪt/ (say nanee stayt) noun a country or region with a government which is viewed as overprotective and inclined to excessive regulation. {originally British; nanny (def. 1) + state (def. 8) …  

  • nanny state — noun A state whose government institutions are authoritative and over paternalistic, interfering with and controlling peoples lives. Ant: minimal state, night watchman state …   Wiktionary

  • Nanny State — Singapore …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • (the) nanny state — the ˈnanny state idiom (BrE) a disapproving way of talking about the fact that government seems to get too much involved in people s lives and to protect them too much, in a way that limits their freedom Main entry: ↑nannyidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Nanny (disambiguation) — Nanny may refer to: Nanny, a child s caregiver A grandmother (see grandmother, grandparent) A Cajun word for godmother (see godparent) A female goat Nanny (TV series), a 1981–83 British drama series starring Wendy Craig Nanny of the Maroons… …   Wikipedia

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