Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child

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To give corporal punishment to someone in orders to make him learn something, or civilized him

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  • This phrase has been found in the Bible at six different times, which is a strict call for discipline. It became English phrase in 11th century. To rear a child corporal or physical punishments has been given to him by using, stick, paddle or rod etc. The parents at that time were of the opinion that if their child was bad, and they did not physically treat him or spare the child, they were spoiling him.
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Today the practice of sparing the rod and spoiling the child is condemned by everyone.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child':

spare the rod and spoil the childIf one does not discipline a child, he or she will never learn obedience and good manners.
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