care and feeding

noun

Definition of care and feeding 

: the providing of what is needed for sustenance, well-being, or efficient operation machines that don't need a lot of care and feeding

Examples of care and feeding in a Sentence

devotes too much time to the care and feeding of her buggy computer

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The care and feeding of friends and family is one of life’s great pleasures. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Interior Designer Charlotte Moss Shares Her Secrets to Summer Entertaining," 7 June 2018 This tiny bat is an orphan and needs constant care and feeding. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Months after Harvey, see how the bat colony is faring at Waugh bridge," 17 Apr. 2018 And my original job description was literally the care and feeding of our artists. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Artpace announces change of leadership," 24 Apr. 2018 Because of its limited flying abilities, the baby bird was probably highly reliant on its parents for care and feeding, but this is not a foregone conclusion. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "127-Million-Year-Old Baby Bird Fossil Offers Peek Into Ancient Avian Development," 6 Mar. 2018 At all other events and training camps that are not held at U.S.O.C. facilities, the national governing bodies are responsible for the care and feeding of their athletes. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Will Larry Nassar Take Down the U.S. Olympic Committee?," 25 Jan. 2018 For the second year in a row, molecular biology major Walker Vickery spent his summer internship engaged in the care and feeding of nature’s most prolific killer. Mark Johnson, jsonline.com, "Outwitting nature’s greatest killer," 5 Oct. 2017

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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