clinging vine

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noun Informal.

a person who behaves in a helpless and dependent manner in relationships with others.

Nearby words

  1. cline, patsy,
  2. cling,
  3. cling peach,
  4. clingfilm,
  5. clingfish,
  6. clingmans dome,
  7. clingstone,
  8. clingy,
  9. clinic,
  10. clinical

Origin of clinging vine

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65

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British Dictionary definitions for clinging vine

clinging vine

noun

US and Canadian informal a woman who displays excessive emotional dependence on a man
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Idioms and Phrases with clinging vine

clinging vine

An overly dependent person, as in A clinging vine since her marriage, she's never made a decision on her own. Nearly always applied to a woman (or wife), this metaphor for a climbing plant today criticizes dependency rather than, as in former times, praising the vine's fruitfulness.

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