tied to one's mother's apron strings

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tied to one's mother's apron strings

:still controlled by one's mother
  • At 38 years old, he's still tied to his mother's apron strings.

Word by Word Definitions

tie play tied
  1. : to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie

  2. : to form a knot or bow in

  3. : to make by tying constituent elements

  1. : a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, uniting, or drawing something closed

  2. : a structural element (such as a rod or angle iron) holding two pieces together : a tension member in a construction

  3. : any of the transverse supports to which railroad rails are fastened to keep them in line

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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