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.
clip somebody’s ˈwingslimit 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.