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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