One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Too much under someone's influence and control.‘we have all met sturdy adults who are tied to mother's apron strings’
browbeaten, downtrodden, bullied, dominated, nagged, subjugated, oppressed, repressed, intimidated, ground down, without a mind of one's own, tied to someone's apron strings, under someone's heelView synonyms
- ‘His mother may have passed to the great beyond, but through her writings he is still tied to her apron strings.’
- ‘In other words, he was not one of those males who were tied to their mother's apron strings.’
- ‘Plus she had no desire to become permanently tied to Marie 's apron strings, which she knew would be her inevitable fate.’
- ‘Anyway, it can't be bad for a child not to be tied to it's mother's apron strings, even in infancy.’
- ‘You're still tied to her apron strings, believe me.’
- ‘Now it looks like an unwanted child still tied embarrassingly to the parent company's apron strings and destined for a future of neglect.’
- ‘While much popular journalism decried the mother who kept her young boy tied to her apron strings, many mothers worried about their sons' ability to fend for themselves in the peer society.’
- ‘Instead of taking charge of its own destiny, the borough remains tied to the county council's apron strings.’
- ‘At the end of the day, the interim council is still tied to the American apron strings.’
- ‘In many other cultures he'd be laughed at, and sent to a psychiatrist for being tied to his mother's apron strings.’
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