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
Recent Examples on the Web Be Willing To Own The Relationship In my experience, a successful partnership needs long-term care and feeding. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Beef that has been certified as Japanese Wagyu is from cows genetically linked to one of four specialized breeds, have been raised in Japan, and meet specific rules for care and feeding. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 29 Mar. 2023 Just in time for Shark Week, Sea Life Aquarium Orlando has reintroduced a behind-the-scenes tour that allows visitors to learn about the care and feeding of its sharks and the thousands of other creatures living at the International Drive attraction. Dewayne Bevil,, 8 July 2021 Proceeds from the art auction will help with the care and feeding of the animal artists and other Cincinnati Zoo residents – support that is critical as the zoo struggles to recover after three months of being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 10 July 2020 The occasional misstep in care and feeding does not necessarily lead to the loss of the plant. Mike Harrelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2023 The boundaries between man and beast, and the care and feeding thereof, have begun to erode. April Long, Town & Country, 23 Jan. 2023 Even before the pandemic, during which more than 23 million American households adopted a pet, the traditional boundaries between man and beast—and the distinctions in the care and feeding thereof—had begun to erode. April Long, Town & Country, 23 Jan. 2023 And if it’s only occurred to you lately — or not at all — that care and feeding of your customers is critical to the growth and profitability of your B2B organization, read on. Forrester, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of care and feeding was in 1965

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“Care and feeding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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