tied to someone's apron strings

tied to someone's apron strings
under someone's influence and control to an excessive degree.
apron

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  • tied to someone's apron strings — ► tied to someone s apron strings under someone s influence and control to an excessive extent. Main Entry: ↑apron …   English terms dictionary

  • tied to someone's apron strings — idi tied to someone s apron strings, dependent on or dominated by the other person: tied to his mother s apron strings[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • someone's apron strings — (tied to) someone s apron strings (too much under) the influence and control of someone we have all met sturdy adults who are tied to mother s apron strings …   Useful english dictionary

  • apron strings — apron ,strings noun plural influence or control that someone has over you because you are afraid of making your own decisions or of not doing what they say: be tied to someone s apron strings (=be influenced or controlled by someone): Even at 25… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • apron strings — UK / US noun [plural] influence or control that someone has over you because you are afraid of making your own decisions or of not doing what they say be tied to someone s apron strings (= be influenced or controlled by someone): Even at 25 Jenny …   English dictionary

  • apron strings — a′pron strings n. cvb the securing strings on an apron • tied to someone s apron strings Etymology: 1535–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • be tied to mother's apron strings — be tied to (your) mother s apron strings if someone, usually a man, is tied to their mother s apron strings, they still need their mother and cannot think or act independently. He s 30 but he s still tied to his mother s apron strings …   New idioms dictionary

  • apron strings — 1. the strings on an apron, used for securing it around one s person. 2. tie to someone s apron strings, to make or be dependent on or dominated by someone: He has never married because he s tied to his mother s apron strings. [1535 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • apron strings — 1. the strings on an apron, used for securing it around one s person. 2. tie to someone s apron strings, to make or be dependent on or dominated by someone: He has never married because he s tied to his mother s apron strings. [1535 45] …   Useful english dictionary

  • apron — ► NOUN 1) a protective garment covering the front of one s clothes and tied at the back. 2) an area on an airfield used for manoeuvring or parking aircraft. 3) (also apron stage) a strip of stage projecting in front of the curtain. 4) an endless… …   English terms dictionary

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