cotton wool

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cotton wool

1. Chiefly Brit bleached and sterilized cotton from which the gross impurities, such as the seeds and waxy matter, have been removed: used for surgical dressings, tampons, etc.
2. cotton in the natural state
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That's a basket where the eggs are wrapped in cotton wool.
TICKETS are now available for a special fundraising evening for a charity which looks after "butterfly" babies, the name given to young victims of a skin disorder called epidermolysis bullosa because they have to be wrapped in cotton wool to prevent skin damage.
The real price is not just financial - it is that these children are losing what we would consider to be a normal childhood because it's a risk-averse childhood wrapped in cotton wool, so children don't take any risks.