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

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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 In Beck’s film, Ched often talks about the care and feeding of plants as an almost mystical pursuit. Nathan Burstein, The New Yorker, "Caring for Plants, and a Marriage, in “Noble Planta”," 24 Feb. 2021 Still, one case that drew notice among this year’s Globes nominations highlights the questions that continue to arise about the group’s care and feeding when awards are involved. Los Angeles Times, "Golden Globes voters in tumult: Members accuse Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. of self-dealing, ethical lapses," 21 Feb. 2021 In addition to all the other issues involved in the care and feeding of pitching, there is this list: Pitchers had long layoffs last year due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Spring training preview: 3 areas the Texas Rangers need to sort through to shape the club in 2021 and beyond," 12 Feb. 2021 The one person who is still around is her mother, Nuala, a once lively, flirtatious woman who has long since given herself over to booze and pain pills, her care and feeding and housekeeping completely on Majella's shoulders. Marion Winik, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Big Girl, Small Town,' by Michelle Gallen," 24 Dec. 2020 But now the artists – not just in this building, but hundreds all across the city – are being kicked out of their subsidized studios, as Moscow officials appear to have decided that the care and feeding of culture is no longer their problem. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Capitalism over culture? Moscow’s artists face eviction amid urban renewal.," 16 Dec. 2020 The care and feeding of air fell out of public consciousness a long time ago, though. Veronique Greenwood, Wired, "Schools (and Children) Need a Fresh Air Fix," 14 Oct. 2020 The care and feeding of the starting rotation For once, the Rangers don’t go to camp with battles for starting rotation spots. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers spring training issues: Texas must strike a delicate balance with the care of its starting rotation," 7 Feb. 2020 Under the care and feeding of Jim Dolan, the Knicks have been reduced to a punch line. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Has Kevin Durant’s injury given the Knicks second thoughts?," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of care and feeding

1965, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Care and feeding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/care%20and%20feeding. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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