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
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apron strings

see tied to someone's apron strings.

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