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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 (umbilical) cord

to end support of someone or something, esp. financial support He needs to cut the umbilical cord, get away and find his own place in the world. By criticizing his party so strongly, he cut the cord and now has to raise campaign money on his own.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of cut the umbilical cord (to separate a baby that has just been born from the tube that connects it to its mother)
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cut the (umbilical) cord

to stop needing someone else to look after you and start acting independently
Usage notes: An umbilical cord is a long narrow tube of flesh which connects a baby to its mother when it is growing inside her.
In order to achieve true independence, smaller nations must cut the cord and stop depending on the United States for financial aid.
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n. a basketball net. They cut the cords down after the game.
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The priest, when preaching, acts in persona Christi, Cordes notes.
Victory for Cordes, a regular Ten to Follow player, would see him collect pounds 444,500 and he acknowledged the difference between that and the second prize of pounds 63,500 is huge.
Mr Cordes, from Middleton-on-Sea, was driving a white Seat Ibiza and the 64-year-old was driving a green Vauxhall Astra estate
Mr Cordes became a candidate to head Mercedes when DaimlerChrysler's supervisory board abruptly decided in April that Wolfgang Bernhard, a rising star known as a cost-cutter, should not get the job just days before he was due to start.
In the interview with the German newspaper, Cordes, a board director in charge of the commercial vehicle division, criticized Mitsubishi for covering up the defects in a systemic manner.
In the overall competition, Morden-based Daniel Cordes leads the way with 733 points.
Jens Tischendorf, partner of Cevian Capital, commented: "In Eckhard Cordes we have attracted to our company an outstanding figure of German industry.
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.
Cordes brings more than 30 years of extensive executive experience in global textiles and apparel.
Shultz and Cordes say the public can help prevent piping plovers' extinction by respecting posted closed areas, encouraging the protection of natural, undeveloped coastal areas, and keeping pets leashed.
Stephen Cordes, a Clarion managing director and president of Clarion Realty Services.
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.