child Idioms & Phrases


child abuse

  • noun the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children
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child care

  • noun a service involving care for other people's children
    childcare.
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child molester

  • noun a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner
    paederast; pederast.
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child neglect

  • noun failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child
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child pornography

  • noun the illegal use of children in pornographic pictures or films
    kiddie porn; kiddy porn.
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child prodigy

  • noun a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age
    infant prodigy; child prodigy.
    • Mozart was a child prodigy
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child psychology

  • noun the branch of psychology that studies the social and mental development of children
    developmental psychology; genetic psychology.
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child support

  • noun court-ordered support paid by one spouse to the other who has custody of the children after the parents are separated
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child welfare agency

  • noun an administrative unit responsible for social work concerned with the welfare and vocational training of children
    child welfare agency.
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child welfare service

  • noun an administrative unit responsible for social work concerned with the welfare and vocational training of children
    child welfare agency.
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child's body

  • noun the body of a human child
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child's game

  • noun a game enjoyed by children
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Child's play

  • noun any undertaking that is easy to do
    picnic; walkover; duck soup; piece of cake; breeze; cinch; snap; pushover.
    • marketing this product will be no picnic
  • noun activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
    play.
    • Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child
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  • light work; a trifling contest.
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child's room

  • noun a bedroom for a child
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child-centered

  • adjective satellite designed to promote a child's personal qualities rather than to provide training or information
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child-proof

  • verb make safe against children
    childproof.
    • childproof the apartment
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Elf child

  • a child supposed to be left by elves, in room of one they had stolen. See Changeling.
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female child

  • noun a youthful female person
    girl; little girl.
    • the baby was a girl
    • the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle
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feral child

  • not raised by humans
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flower child

  • noun someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle
    hipster; hippie; hippy.
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Foster babe, ∨ child

  • an infant of child nursed by a woman not its mother, or bred by a man not its father.
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foster child

  • noun a child who is raised by foster parents
    foster child; fosterling.
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foster-child

  • noun a child who is raised by foster parents
    foster child; fosterling.
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illegitimate child

  • noun the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
    bastard; whoreson; illegitimate; by-blow; illegitimate child.
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Knave child

  • a male child. Obs.
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latchkey child

  • noun a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)
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Love child

  • noun the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
    bastard; whoreson; illegitimate; by-blow; illegitimate child.
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  • . an illegitimate child. Jane Austen.
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male child

  • noun a youthful male person
    boy.
    • the baby was a boy
    • she made the boy brush his teeth every night
    • most soldiers are only boys in uniform
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man-child

  • noun a child who is male
    male offspring.
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poster child

  • noun a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes
    • she was the poster child for muscular dystrophy
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prayer of azariah and song of the three children

  • noun an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
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Quick with child

  • pregnant with a living child.
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school-age child

  • noun a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
    pupil; schoolchild.
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street child

  • noun a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
    waif.
    • street children beg or steal in order to survive
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To be with child

  • to be pregnant.
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united nations children's fund

  • noun an agency of the United Nations responsible for programs to aid education and the health of children and mothers in developing countries
    United Nations Children's Fund; UNICEF.
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united nations international children's emergency fund

  • noun an agency of the United Nations responsible for programs to aid education and the health of children and mothers in developing countries
    United Nations Children's Fund; UNICEF.
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with child

  • adjective satellite in an advanced stage of pregnancy
    heavy; great; gravid; big; enceinte; expectant; large.
    • was big with child
    • was great with child
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wonder child

  • noun a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age
    infant prodigy; child prodigy.
    • Mozart was a child prodigy
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