leading strings

plural noun

: strings by which children are sometimes supported when beginning to walk
: a state of dependence or tutelage : guidance
leading strings had been so willingly accepted that they were scarcely feltE. M. Forster
usually used in the phrase in leading strings
no longer in leading strings to his wife or his wife's fatherFrancis Hackettpassed his whole adolescence in his mother's leading stringsVan Wyck Brooks

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“Leading strings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20strings. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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