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    flowering plant in greenhouse?

    How would you call a person who has grown up with too much care by his or her parents that he is so weak and not able to do things on his own? Or what about someone who has grown in the same way so currently so selfish?
    Are the following expression proper?

    -He is like a flowering plant in greenhouse
    -a boy[girl] protected[brought up] with too much tender care
    -He was brought up on a bed of roses
    - He(she) is a daddy's girl, mama's boy.

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    Re: flowering plant in greenhouse?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    How would you call a person who has grown up with too much care by his or her parents that he is so weak and not able to do things on his own? Or what about someone who has grown in the same way so currently so selfish?
    Are the following expression proper?

    -He is like a flowering plant in greenhouse
    -a boy[girl] protected[brought up] with too much tender care
    -He was brought up on a bed of roses
    - He(she) is a daddy's girl, mama's boy.
    I've heard only the last example commonly used.

    sheltered can be used in the first way you described (but it is not limited to that definition..)

    Her parents sheltered her from everything.
    He has lived a sheltered life.

    This means that the person has not really had to deal with or confront many things ( negative or positive things). Their life experience or knowledge is very limited. Sometimes it means they can't cope other times it just means inexperience. It depends on the situation.

    Your second description sounds like someone who is spoiled.

    He is accustom to having his way all the time. He's a spoiled brat.
    If you do everything for your children you are going to spoil them.


    Not a teacher.
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    Re: flowering plant in greenhouse?

    There is a - Politically Incorrect - saying, popular among educators in Victorian times (when another was 'Little children should be seen and not heard'*) - 'Spare the rod [that is, 'Don't beat him'] and spoil the child'.

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    PS * In fact I think the NSPCC (children's charity) produced a punning version - 'Little children should be seen and not hurt'

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    Re: flowering plant in greenhouse?

    The nearest plant idiom I can think of is shrinking violet, which might be applicable to the first sentence.

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    Re: flowering plant in greenhouse?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The nearest plant idiom I can think of is shrinking violet, which might be applicable to the first sentence.
    An apparent candidate - which in fact means something entirely different - is 'a wallflower' (a person who won't dance - I think it probably has to be a woman [at least, it originally was - a compliment on the woman's dress]).

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    Last edited by BobK; 06-Jun-2011 at 17:00.

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