clip somebody's wings

clip (one's) wings

To restrict one's freedom, power, or full potential. A reference to the practice of clipping a bird's wings to prevent it from flying. The kids need to be able to explore the world around them—don't clip their wings. The boss is always trying to clip my wings and micro-manage me.
See also: clip, wing

clip somebody’s ˈwings

limit somebody’s freedom or power: The new law was seen as an attempt to clip the wings of the trade unions.
This refers to cutting some of the feathers from a bird’s wings so that it can no longer fly.
See also: clip, wing