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leading strings

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
plural noun
strings for leading and supporting a child learning to walk.
excessively restraining guidance:
His parents tried to keep him in leading strings, but he finally married and moved away.
Origin of leading strings
1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Longmore was a man of fine senses and of a speculative spirit, leading-strings that had never been slipped.

    Madame de Mauves Henry James
  • Has sir Willoughby Worret been lead in leading-strings all this time?

  • And then he was amenable to flattery, and few that are so are proof against the leading-strings of their flatterers.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • Modern man has cut loose from leading-strings; he stands on his own feet.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • Do you think I am going to be kept in leading-strings all the rest of my life?

    Henrietta's Wish Charlotte M. Yonge
  • A high-spirited lad like Alwyn would not be kept in leading-strings.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • That I held you in leading-strings, absorbed you, feared comparisons, and clung to my conquest knowing it to be my last!

  • For many years he had been kept in leading-strings by Wolsey's and other clerical influences.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • I need scarcely remark that leading-strings are only admissible as a means of gradually training the people to walk alone.

  • Is not the mass of the people even to this day in leading-strings?

    The Philosophical Letters Friedrich Schiller

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