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.
(for defs 1, 2).
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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It subsidizes art in its swaddling clothes in the conservatories,,and maintains it in its maturity in the same way.