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cut the umbilical cord

To strike out on one's own from an overly involved or suffocating relationship, usually between a parent and child. I love my mom, I truly do, but she used to call me five times a day! I had to cut the umbilical cord! Geez Pete, you're 40 years old! It's time to cut the umbilical cord and stop living with your parents!
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cut the cord

To strike out on one's own from an overly involved or suffocating relationship, usually between a parent and child. A shortened version of the phrase "cut the umbilical cord." I love my mom, I truly do, but she used to call me five times a day! I had to cut the cord! Geez Pete, you're 40 years old! It's time to cut the cord and stop living with your parents!
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cut the umbilical cord

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cut the cord

If you cut the umbilical cord or cut the cord, you start acting independently rather than continuing to rely on the person or thing that you have always relied on. Both nations are eager to cut the umbilical cord tying them to the federation in its current shape. Note: An unborn baby's umbilical cord is the tube connecting it to its mother, through which it receives oxygen and nutrients.
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cut the cord

cease to rely on someone or something influential or supportive and begin to act independently.
The image here is of the cutting of a baby's umbilical cord at birth.
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cords

n. a basketball net. They cut the cords down after the game.
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On dit souvent que je suis devenue competente en jouant de cet instrument de musique a cordes frottees d'origine medievale qui etait, en effet,l'apanage des hommes.
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Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes denied reports that the Vatican is planning to establish ties with Beijing at the expense of relations with Taiwan, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.
Gene Cordes brings us decades of industry experience, a solid understanding of good board governance, and an open and inquisitive mind willing to explore novel solutions to pressing industry problems," said Bill Frezza, General Partner at Adams Capital Management and Chairman of BioLeap's Board.
This striking feature prompted Cordes and his collaborators to observe the star and its environment at visible wavelengths.