leading strings

leading strings

[lee-ding]
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:
1670–80

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leading reins or (US and Canadian) leading strings (ˈliːdɪŋ)
 
pl n
1.  straps or a harness and strap used to assist and control a child who is learning to walk
2.  excessive guidance or restraint
 
leading strings or (US and Canadian) leading strings
 
pl n

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