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Wholly dependent on or controlled by a woman, especially one's mother or wife. For example, At 25, he was still too tied to her apron strings to get an apartment of his own . This expression, dating from the early 1800s, probably alluded to apron-string tenure , a 17th-century law that allowed a husband to control his wife's and her family's property during her lifetime.


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