clinging vine


noun Informal.

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

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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