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  ( feeds    plural & 3rd person present)   ( feeding    present participle)   ( fed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you feed a person or animal, you give them food to eat and sometimes actually put it in their mouths.  
We brought along pieces of old bread and fed the birds...      V n  
In that part of the world you can feed cattle on almost any green vegetable or fruit...      V n on/with n  
He spooned the ice cream into a cup and fed it to her.      V n to n, Also V pron-refl  
      Feed is also a noun.     (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
She's had a good feed.     
  feeding      n-uncount  
The feeding of dairy cows has undergone a revolution.     
2       verb   To feed a family or a community means to supply food for them.  
Feeding a hungry family can be expensive .      V n  
...a food reserve large enough to feed the Sudanese population for many months.      V n  
3       verb   When an animal feeds, it eats or drinks something.  
After a few days the caterpillars stopped feeding...      V  
Slugs feed on decaying plant and animal material.      V on/off n  
4       verb   When a baby feeds, or when you feed it, it drinks breast milk or milk from a bottle.  
When a baby is thirsty, it feeds more often...      V  
I knew absolutely nothing about handling or feeding a baby.      V n  
5       n-mass   Animal feed is food given to animals, especially farm animals.  
usu n N  
The grain just rotted and all they could use it for was animal feed., ...poultry feed.     
6       verb   To feed something to a place, means to supply it to that place in a steady flow.  
...blood vessels that feed blood to the brain.      V n prep  
...gas fed through pipelines.      V n prep  
7       verb   If you feed something into a container or piece of equipment, you put it into it.  
She was feeding documents into a paper shredder.      V n prep  
8       verb   If someone feeds you false or secret information, they deliberately tell it to you.  
He was surrounded by people who fed him ghastly lies...      V n n  
At least one British officer was feeding him with classified information.      V n with n, Also V n to n  
9       verb   If you feed a plant, you add substances to it to make it grow well.  
Feed plants to encourage steady growth.      V n  
10       verb   If one thing feedson another, it becomes stronger as a result of the other thing's existence.  
The drinking and the guilt fed on each other.      V on n  
11       verb   To feed information into a computer means to gradually put it into it.  
An automatic weather station feeds information on wind direction to the computer.      V n into/to n  
    to bite the hand that feeds you  
    mouths to feed  

bottle-feed        ( bottle-feeds    3rd person present)   ( bottle-feeding    present participle)   ( bottle-fed    past tense & past participle  ) If you bottle-feed a baby, you give it milk or a liquid like milk in a bottle rather than the baby sucking milk from its mother's breasts.      verb  
  (Antonym: breast feed)   
New fathers love bottle feeding their babies.      V n  
...a bottle-fed baby.      V-ed  
breast-feed        ( breast-feeds    3rd person present)   ( breast-feeding    present participle)   ( breast-fed    past tense & past participle  ) , breastfeed, breast feed   When a woman breast-feeds her baby, she feeds it with milk from her breasts, rather than from a bottle.      verb   (=suckle)  
Not all women have the choice whether or not to breast feed their babies...      V n  
Leading scientists claim breast-fed babies are intellectually brighter.      V-ed, Also V  
  breast-feeding      n-uncount  
There are many advantages to breast feeding.     
chicken feed      , chickenfeed  
If you think that an amount of money is so small it is hardly worth having or considering, you can say that it is chicken feed.      n-uncount   (=peanuts)  
I was making a million a year, but that's chicken feed in the pop business.     
force-feed        ( force-feeds    3rd person present)   ( force-feeding    present participle)   ( force-fed    past tense & past participle  ) If you force-feed a person or animal, you make them eat or drink by pushing food or drink down their throat.      verb  
Production of the foie gras pâté involves force-feeding geese and ducks so that their livers swell.      V n  
spoon-feed        ( spoon-feeds    3rd person present)   ( spoon-feeding    present participle)   ( spoon-fed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you think that someone is being given too much help with something and is not making enough effort themselves, you can say they are being spoon-fed.  
usu passive     (disapproval)    Students are unwilling to really work. They want to be spoon-fed...      be V-ed  
2       verb   If you say that someone is spoon-fed ideas or information, you mean that they are told about them and are expected to accept them without questioning them.  
usu passive     (disapproval)    They were less willing to be spoon-fed doctrines from Japan...      be V-ed n  
3       verb   If you spoon-feed a small child or a sick person, you feed them using a spoon.  
It took two years for me to get better, during which time he spoon-fed me and did absolutely everything around the house.      V n  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
to feed something incorrectly
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
telling someone to fight you."do sth !"
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
laughing my fucking ass off
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
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