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leading strings

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
plural noun
1.
strings for leading and supporting a child learning to walk.
2.
excessively restraining guidance:
His parents tried to keep him in leading strings, but he finally married and moved away.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80
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British Dictionary definitions for leading strings

leading reins

/ˈliːdɪŋ/
plural noun
1.
straps or a harness and strap used to assist and control a child who is learning to walk
2.
excessive guidance or restraint
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