To be tied to a mother's apron strings
Apron string A"pron string` The string of an apron. [1913 Webster]

{To be tied to a wife's apron strings} or {To be tied to a mother's apron strings}, to be unduly controlled by a wife or mother. [1913 Webster]

He was so made that he could not submit to be tied to the apron strings even of the best of wives. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • To be tied to a wife's apron strings — Apron string A pron string The string of an apron. [1913 Webster] {To be tied to a wife s apron strings} or {To be tied to a mother s apron strings}, to be unduly controlled by a wife or mother. [1913 Webster] He was so made that he could not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • be tied to your mother's apron strings — be tied to (your) mother s apron strings if someone, usually a man, is tied to their mother s apron strings, they still need their mother and cannot think or act independently. He s 30 but he s still tied to his mother s apron strings …   New idioms dictionary

  • be tied to mother's apron strings — be tied to (your) mother s apron strings if someone, usually a man, is tied to their mother s apron strings, they still need their mother and cannot think or act independently. He s 30 but he s still tied to his mother s apron strings …   New idioms dictionary

  • apron strings —    A man who is tied to a woman s apron strings is excessively dependent on her, especially when it is his mother s apron strings.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If one person is tied to another s apron strings, they remain dependent at… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Apron string — A pron string The string of an apron. [1913 Webster] {To be tied to a wife s apron strings} or {To be tied to a mother s apron strings}, to be unduly controlled by a wife or mother. [1913 Webster] He was so made that he could not submit to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • under one's thumb — • under one s thumb • under the thumb obedient to someone, controlled by someone He is only an assistant salesman but he has his boss under his thumb. Digest 22/2002 under someone s control Don t ask Margie to make a change in our work schedule.… …   Idioms and examples

  • under someone's thumb — • under one s thumb • under the thumb obedient to someone, controlled by someone He is only an assistant salesman but he has his boss under his thumb. Digest 22/2002 under someone s control Don t ask Margie to make a change in our work schedule.… …   Idioms and examples

  • primate — primatal, adj., n. primatial /pruy may sheuhl/, primatical /pruy mat i keuhl/, adj. /pruy mayt/ or, esp. for 1, /pruy mit/, n. 1. Eccles. an archbishop or bishop ranking first among the bishops of a province or country. 2. any of various… …   Universalium

  • under the thumb — • under one s thumb • under the thumb obedient to someone, controlled by someone He is only an assistant salesman but he has his boss under his thumb. Digest 22/2002 under someone s control Don t ask Margie to make a change in our work schedule.… …   Idioms and examples

  • dependent — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Subordinate] Syn. subject, subservient, secondary, lesser; see subordinate . 2. [Needing outside support] Syn. helpless, poor, indigent, minor, immature, clinging, reliant, weak, not able to sustain oneself, addicted;… …   English dictionary for students

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