tied to an apron string


tied to an apron string
vp Dominated by the wife or a woman. Fred can't go fishing on the weekend; he's tied to his wife's apron string. 1930s

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  • Apron string — A pron string The string of an apron. [1913 Webster] {To be tied to a wife s apron strings} or {To be tied to a mother s apron strings}, to be unduly controlled by a wife or mother. [1913 Webster] He was so made that he could not submit to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apron string — n. a string for tying an apron on tied to one s mother s apron strings or tied to one s wife s apron strings dominated by one s mother (or wife, etc.) * * * …   Universalium

  • apron string — n. a string for tying an apron on tied to one s mother s apron strings or tied to one s wife s apron strings dominated by one s mother (or wife, etc.) …   English World dictionary

  • apron-string — aˈpron string noun A string by which an apron is tied • • • Main Entry: ↑apron …   Useful english dictionary

  • apron string — noun (usually used in the plural) a cord used to tie an apron at the waist • Hypernyms: ↑cord • Part Holonyms: ↑apron * * * noun : the string of an apron usually used in plural as a symbol of complete dependence on or domineering control by a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • apron string — noun Date: 1542 the string of an apron usually used in plural as a symbol of dominance or complete control < though 40 years old he was still tied to his mother s apron strings > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • apron — (n.) mid 15c., faulty separation (Cf. ADDER (Cf. adder), UMPIRE (Cf. umpire)) of a napron (c.1300), from O.Fr. naperon small table cloth, dim. of nappe cloth, from L. mappa napkin. Napron was still in use as recently as late 16c. The shift of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • string — [[t]strɪ̱ŋ[/t]] ♦♦♦ strings, stringing, strung 1) N VAR String is thin rope made of twisted threads, used for tying things together or tying up parcels. He held out a small bag tied with string. ...a shiny metallic coin on a string. 2) N COUNT:… …   English dictionary

  • string — See: FIRST STRING, LATCH STRING, ON THE STRING or ON A STRING, PULL STRINGS, PURSE STRINGS, SHOE STRING CATCH, TIED TO ONE S MOTHER S APRON STRINGS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • string — See: FIRST STRING, LATCH STRING, ON THE STRING or ON A STRING, PULL STRINGS, PURSE STRINGS, SHOE STRING CATCH, TIED TO ONE S MOTHER S APRON STRINGS …   Dictionary of American idioms