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apron strings

plural noun
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Miss Honey made an obedient snatch at Caroline's apron strings, and darted forward with a long roll of her skates.

  • apron strings are coming into fashion the bluer the better hey, Prince?

    Rose in Bloom Louisa May Alcott
  • A girl of eight, and tied to the worthy Ann's apron strings!

    The Clammer and the Submarine William John Hopkins
  • Tie him to your apron strings and lead him to bang-up hotels?

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • But I confess it will be poor fun living at Gablehurst as a little boy tied to his mother's apron strings.

    Tom Tufton's Travels Evelyn Everett-Green
  • True, the daughter was tied to the apron strings of her mother.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • When they broke through the ring of witch burners and snatched Marm Perry off the pyre, her apron strings had burned in two.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • They are tied to the apron strings of the government at Washington.

    The New Freedom Woodrow Wilson
  • Eve Chesley says that he is tied to his mother's apron strings.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • As long as the other congregations were tied to the apron strings of Fulneck they could never attain to independent growth.

Idioms and Phrases with apron strings

apron strings

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