apron string

noun

Definition of apron string

: the string of an apron usually used in plural as a symbol of dominance or complete control though 40 years old he was still tied to his mother's apron strings

Examples of apron string in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To many, the country had been tied to the apron strings of the Bretton Woods institutions and had to wean itself off as soon as possible. Priscilla Twumasi-baffour, Quartz Africa, 8 July 2019 With every royal visit, especially from the Wales brothers and their wives, the idea of cutting the apron strings from the colonial motherland becomes a tougher call. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, 1 Nov. 2018 Hold on to your apron strings, though, the bidding doesn’t begin until May 19. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, 26 Apr. 2018 To many, the country had been tied to the apron strings of the Bretton Woods institutions and had to wean itself off as soon as possible. Priscilla Twumasi-baffour, Quartz Africa, 8 July 2019 With every royal visit, especially from the Wales brothers and their wives, the idea of cutting the apron strings from the colonial motherland becomes a tougher call. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, 1 Nov. 2018 Hold on to your apron strings, though, the bidding doesn’t begin until May 19. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, 26 Apr. 2018

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1542, in the meaning defined above

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“Apron string.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apron%20string. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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apron string

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apron string

: either one of a pair of strings that are attached to an apron and are used to keep it close to your body

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