born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

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born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth

  1. (idiomatic) born rich or in a wealthy family
    He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and probably never had to work a day in his life.
    • Note. According to some, the original nautical expression is just born with a silver spoon and describes those young gentlemen who were able to enter the Royal Navy without examination and whose promotion was assured. the converse was born with a wooden ladle
    • However, the phrase is first recorded as a Scottish proverb in the form "Every Man is no born with a Silver Spoon in his Mouth" (1721).

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