clinging vine


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clinging vine

A person, typically a woman, whose relationship with someone or others is characterized by emotional overdependence and/or helplessness. I was at first attracted to her intrepid sense of adventure, but when we began dating, it became obvious she was a bit of a clinging vine emotionally.
See also: cling, vine

clinging vine

An overly dependent person, as in A clinging vine since her marriage, she's never made a decision on her own. Nearly always applied to a woman (or wife), this metaphor for a climbing plant today criticizes dependency rather than, as in former times, praising the vine's fruitfulness.
See also: cling, vine
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I think your boyfriend feels like a trellis dragged down with clinging vine.
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If the two letters IV make a clinging vine (ivy), then which
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One moment they are clinging vines, attaching themselves to you like limpets, the next they are pulling away as they test their roots.
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That fellow of mine literally stripped the clinging vines right off the trees.
We've seen off gold diggers, time wasters, clinging vines and trollops - and he's been grateful.