silver spoon

noun

Definition of silver spoon 

: wealth especially : inherited wealth

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Take James Alison Glover, a doctor, who noted that, by 1938, 83% of new boys at Eton, England’s poshest public school, had no tonsils (perhaps so the silver spoons could fit). The Economist, "Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors," 28 June 2018 That vision comes down to mixing together worlds, with nods to privilege (a silver spoon jutting out from a model’s mouth) or sometimes stereotypical odes to Asian culture (a denim and suede purse made out of nunchucks). Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Asai Is the Red-Hot London Label Delivering Clothes in Chinese Takeout Boxes," 12 June 2018 His responses to demands for sweetness were aristocratic, measured with a silver spoon. Alan Artner, chicagotribune.com, "German pianist Martin Helmchen closes Piano Series with Orchestra Hall recital," 11 June 2018 But Tepper wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "'A kid from the streets of Pittsburgh' now buying the Panthers shares life lessons | Charlotte Observer," 20 May 2018 The officer discovered a capped syringe, marijuana leaves, a silver spoon, a container with brownish gray powder as well as a suitcase and clothes strewn all over. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He said he was sleeping in his girlfriend's van. Then a deputy looked inside. | Miami Herald," 23 Apr. 2018 Behind her, sprays of cheap tinsel are pinned to the wall; before her, a silver spoon sits on a table like an offering. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Deana Lawson’s Kingdom of Restored Glory," 8 Jan. 2018 After bringing up only a few shovelfuls of silver spoons and gold coins, Lawes quickly retreated and called the police and the local archaeological society. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "A Search for a Lost Hammer Led to the Largest Cache of Roman Treasure Ever Found in Britain," 9 Jan. 2018 And each coffee is served with a small water in a delicate little glass, with a silver spoon balanced across the top. Christine Van Blokland, USA TODAY, "Take Me Away: Vienna’s lush palaces and coffee houses," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of silver spoon

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silver spoon

from the phrase "born with a silver spoon in one's mouth" (born wealthy)

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