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

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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, "Many Ghanaians think their country should divorce the IMF—that isn’t likely to happen," 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, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018 Hold on to your apron strings, though, the bidding doesn’t begin until May 19. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Let These Julia Child Valentines Be a Small Joy In Your Crazy Week," 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, "Many Ghanaians think their country should divorce the IMF—that isn’t likely to happen," 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, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018 Hold on to your apron strings, though, the bidding doesn’t begin until May 19. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Let These Julia Child Valentines Be a Small Joy In Your Crazy Week," 26 Apr. 2018

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1542, in the meaning defined above

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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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