apron strings

plural noun
1.
the strings on an apron, used for securing it around one's person.
Idioms
2.
tie to someone's apron strings, to make or be dependent on or dominated by someone: He has never married because he's tied to his mother's apron strings.

Origin:
1535–45

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apron strings

see tied to someone's apron strings.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Point to the clothespins in the picture and to the sheets and apron strings.
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