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swaddling clothes

plural noun
clothes consisting of long, narrow strips of cloth for swaddling an infant.
long garments for an infant.
the period of infancy or immaturity, as of a person, or incipience, as of a thing:
Nuclear energy is still in its swaddling clothes.
rigid supervision or restriction of actions or movements, as of the immature:
new nations that are freeing themselves of their swaddling clothes.
Also called swaddling bands (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of swaddling clothes
1525-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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swaddling clothes

plural noun
long strips of linen or other cloth formerly wrapped round a newly born baby
restrictions or supervision imposed on the immature
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