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fawn
as in:  fawned all over her


She fawns all over her children.
  showing excessive flattery or affection
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  • She fawns all over her children.
  • It’s disgusting to watch her fawn over everything her boss says while she hopes for a promotion.
  • Lennie gulped and his smile grew more fawning.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • "Veturius," Faris grunts at me, and I’m relieved that he doesn’t treat me with the same fawning awe as everyone else.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • I kept the people I love close, and they have fawned over you since the moment they knew you were coming.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Up to this time most of the deer we had encountered had been bucks; but now we began to meet numbers of does and fawns, and the behavior of the wolves underwent a change.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • THE HE-APE (comes up and fawns on MEPHISTOPHELES) O cast thou the dice!
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • I suppose it took a moment for him to process why he was being fawned over by a grungy, half-deranged boy with acne.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • I looked away quickly and noticed Hattie, hovering a few feet beyond the line, her lips clenched in a fawning smile.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Saw a groundhog, saw a doe with two fawns, and saw a gray fox with a reddish head.
    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  --  Shiloh

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  • But he didn’t want to appear fawning or weak, and everything in the letter was deliberately crude—no envelope, the lined paper torn down one side, the very big and careless handwriting, the absence of the direct word of thanks, the "Salim!" and not "Dear Salim," the "F." and not "Ferdinand."
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Brittany Ellis is used to people fawning all over her and she could use a little wake-up call.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • [Aside] How like a fawning publican he looks!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • And as he spoke, he fawned on me like a dog.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • As a matter of course, they fawned upon me in my prosperity with the basest meanness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • How the devil can you dream of fawning on me?
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what abject humiliation!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Khanum Taheri’s chaperoning made our meetings, if not gossip-proof, then less gossip-worthy, even if her borderline fawning on me clearly embarrassed Soraya.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • She smiled, and her manner, instead of being still and unbending as it usually was, became startlingly familiar, fawning even.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • He heard the fawning servility in his own voice but was unable to control it.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I bet Krum can see right through him, though…. bet he gets people fawning over him all the time…… Where d’you reckon they’re going to sleep?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The moon fawned over him like a disciple.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The sailors, mostly poor devils, cringed, and some of them fawned before him; in obedience to his instructions, sometimes rendering him personal homage, as to a god.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Of this last Buck was never guilty, though he did see beaten dogs that fawned upon the man, and wagged their tails, and licked his hand.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • What do I care for them all, and my fawning upon them!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Everybody had started fawning over her, telling her how amazing she was and how obviously she should be the one who went on the quest—but that attention had nothing to do with who she was.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • No, let the candied tongue lick absurd pomp; And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee Where thrift may follow fawning.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Shame on the coward, caitiff hands That smote their Lord or with a kiss Betrayed him to the rabble-rout Of fawning priests—no friends of his.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • As soon as I was back again he returned to his former manner, half fawning, half sneering, patted me on the shoulder, told me I was a good boy and he had taken quite a fancy to me.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • He walked toward the rear, giving the whites a fawning, almost tender look.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • You should have heard yourself, fawning on him, talking to him, singing with him, oh gods, all night; you should have heard yourself!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The Athenians, those Parisians of days gone by, slew Phocion, as we might say Coligny, and fawned upon tyrants to such an extent that Anacephorus said of Pisistratus: "His urine attracts the bees."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That mean, fawning fellow, worm himself into such promotion!’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Gollum raised himself and began pawing at Frodo, fawning at his knees.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Fremantle radiated approval like a tattered star, but he did it with such cool and delicate grace that there was nothing unnatural about it, nothing fawning or nattering.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • He was like a puppy and he fawned on everyone.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • There was Paul in the corner surrounded by a fawning group of the younger Arrakeen richece, and, aloof among them, three officers of the House Troop.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Characteristically, they fawned on those close to teacher’s heart.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The dog yelped running to them, reared up and pawed them, dropping on all fours, again reared up at them with mute bearish fawning.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But all the Talking Beasts surged round the Lion, with purrs and grunts and squeaks and whinneys of delight, fawning on him with their tails, rubbing against him, touching him reverently with their noses and going to and fro under his body and between his legs.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • He was acknowledged, fawned upon, in a way lionized.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Be not fond, To think that Caesar bears such rebel blood That will be thaw’d from the true quality With that which melteth fools; I mean, sweet words, Low-crooked curtsies, and base spaniel-fawning.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • He blotted out his surroundings for thirty minutes at a time with a fawning profile of the famous candidate who’d just declared his desire to run for president—Ronald Reagan.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Then Percivale perceived that, and cast down his shield which was broken; and then he did off his helm for to gather wind, for he was greatly enchafed with the serpent: and the lion went alway about him fawning as a spaniel.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • She crouched low like a fawning dog.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Chrysanthemums
  • "We’re just setting the house in order, Alan," said James, in his frightened and somewhat fawning way.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Among those who did him the honours of the town was a little Abbe of Perigord, one of those busybodies who are ever alert, officious, forward, fawning, and complaisant; who watch for strangers in their passage through the capital, tell them the scandalous history of the town, and offer them pleasure at all prices.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Bestow thy fawning smiles on equal mates, And think my patience, more than thy desert, Is privilege for thy departure hence.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Such a personage was fawned upon in Arthur’s realm and reverently looked up to by everybody, even though his dispositions were as mean as his intelligence, and his morals as base as his lineage.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • I saw that many of the passengers liked being fawned over.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
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