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tied to someone's apron strings

Definition of tied to someone's apron strings in English:

Too much under someone’s influence and control: we have all met sturdy adults who are tied to mother’s apron strings
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  • 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.
  • Plus she had no desire to become permanently tied to Marie 's apron strings, which she knew would be her inevitable fate.
  • You're still tied to her apron strings, believe me.
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