leading strings

plural noun \ ˈlē- \

Definition of leading strings

1 : strings by which children are sometimes supported when beginning to walk
2 : a state of dependence or tutelage : guidance
  • leading strings had been so willingly accepted that they were scarcely felt
  • —E. M. Forster
usually used in the phrase in leading strings
  • no longer in leading strings to his wife or his wife's father
  • —Francis Hackett
  • passed his whole adolescence in his mother's leading strings
  • —Van Wyck Brooks

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