- the strings on an apron, used for securing it around one's person.
- 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.
Origin of apron strings
First recorded in 1535–45
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Examples from the Web for apron strings
Mothers are all like that when you cut loose from their apron-strings.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
The apron-strings of an American mother are made of India-rubber.The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
There's not a word ever passed between us that ties me to your apron-strings.Americans All
Mam' Lyddy tightened her apron-strings about her stout waist.Mam' Lyddy's Recognition
Thomas Nelson Page
I didn't think in these days boys were tied to their mothers' apron-strings.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.
Idioms and Phrases with apron strings
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