Cease to rely on someone or something protective or supportive and begin to act independently: the true innovators of hard rock, like Jimi Hendrix, finally cut the umbilical cord to traditional rock ‘n’ roll
More example sentences
- As much as I love this shack, it's time to go, and I'm perfectly capable of cutting the cord and heading up the hill.
- Two years ago, the charismatic young republican seemed to have marched the islanders close to cutting the cord with Copenhagen.
- ‘I never really cut the umbilical cord from Scotland,’ he shrugs.
Definition of cut the umbilical cord in:
- The US English dictionary