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 submit to be tied to the apron strings even of the best of wives. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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