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leading strings

[ lee-ding ]
/ ˈli dɪŋ /
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plural noun

strings for leading and supporting a child learning to walk.
excessively restraining guidance: His parents tried to keep him in leading strings, but he finally married and moved away.

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Origin of leading strings

First recorded in 1670–80
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