clip someone’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 someone’s wings

tv. to restrain someone; to reduce or put an end to a teenager’s privileges. One more stunt like that and I’m going to clip your wings for a couple of weeks.
See also: clip, wing