cut the apron strings

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cut the apron strings

:to stop providing support
  • The company has relied on government support, but the government is now threatening to cut the apron strings.

Word by Word Definitions

cut play
  1. : to penetrate with or as if with an edged instrument

  2. : to hurt the feelings of

  3. : to strike sharply with a cutting effect

  1. : a product of cutting: such as

  2. : an opening made with an edged instrument

  3. : a wound made by something sharp : gash

  1. : marked by a well-developed and highly defined musculature

apron play
  1. : a garment usually of cloth, plastic, or leather usually tied around the waist and used to protect clothing or adorn a costume

  2. : something that suggests or resembles an apron in shape, position, or use: such as

  3. : the lower member under the sill of the interior casing of a window

string play strings
  1. : a cord usually used to bind, fasten, or tie

  2. : something that resembles a string

  3. : a cord (such as a tendon or ligament) of an animal body

  1. : to equip with strings

  2. : to tune the strings of

  3. : to make tense : key up

  1. : of or relating to stringed musical instruments


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