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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In its juvenile stage -- the way it looks when most of us first plant it -- it's a dainty and attractive clinging vine featuring a delightful network of tiny heart-shaped evergreen leaves.
If you still want to be with him - knowing he'll never be reliable and you're only doing it to have fun - you mustn't continue to be a clinging vine.
41) While Alte behaved as a clinging vine, supporting her husband through her frugality and wifely skills at home and reassuring him that he could farm successfully, he did not appreciate her efforts because she did not manifest the dependence and acquiescence that he expected of her.
Lacking in self-esteem, the Clinging Vine constantly looks to others for guidance and validation.
rupestris behaves more like a self-supporting bush than a clinging vine.
Her very weakness and dependence were dear to him and he loved to think of her as the tender clinging vine, while he was the strong and sturdy oak.
I think your boyfriend feels like a trellis dragged down with clinging vine.
One moment they are clinging vines, attaching themselves to you like limpets, the next they are pulling away as they test their roots.
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.
Spectators cried out their hurrahs for peppy contingents or the few wonderfully outrageous single marchers (an Elizabeth I whose hooped skirt was an English garden, with trellis, clinging vines, tiny statuary), but the wild applause was notable for how rarely it was elicited.