be tied to (one's) mother's apron strings

(redirected from be tied to their mother's apron strings)

be tied to (one's) mother's apron strings

To be controlled or dominated by one's mother. I'm worried that my husband will forever be tied to his mother's apron strings—he's a grown man but still does every little thing she asks! Can you make a decision on your own, or are you tied to your mother's apron strings?
See also: apron, string, tie