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cut the (umbilical) cord

to end support of someone or something, esp. financial support He needs to cut the umbilical cord, get away and find his own place in the world. By criticizing his party so strongly, he cut the cord and now has to raise campaign money on his own.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of cut the umbilical cord (to separate a baby that has just been born from the tube that connects it to its mother)
See also: cord, cut

cut the (umbilical) cord

to stop needing someone else to look after you and start acting independently
Usage notes: An umbilical cord is a long narrow tube of flesh which connects a baby to its mother when it is growing inside her.
In order to achieve true independence, smaller nations must cut the cord and stop depending on the United States for financial aid.
See also: cord, cut
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Nick, 38, from South Shields, said: "I didn't get to cut the cord.
It was introduced 10 years ago after an accident in which a baby was hurt when a family member cut the cord.
The launch of YouTix Live comes as a welcome addition for consumers who are thinking of "cutting the cord" to cable and satellite TV providers or already have cut the cord.
We can not cut the cord from Europe, he says, because it is providing the blood transfusion for our economy.
The ambulance came 10 minutes later and the paramedics cut the cord.
Mia eventually came safely into the world and it was proud dad David, 40, who cut the cord.
At a time when cutting expenses is crucial, families in central Illinois and the Quad Cities now have the flexibility to consolidate their wireless needs and cut the cord at home," Derrick said.
Then he cut the cord with scissors and tied it with string - before paramedics arrived to take Razia to a hospital.
At a time when cutting expenses is crucial, families in southwest Michigan and northeast Indiana now have the flexibility to consolidate their wireless needs and cut the cord at home," Derrick said.
I was supposed to be a "new man", even cut the cord.
Last night, Mark, from Bathgate, West Lothian, said: "When they arrived, they asked me to cut the cord.
Any Mobile, Anytime makes it easy for individuals and families to cut the cord and save money
By the time paramedics arrived in Heybridge, Essex, all that was left to do was cut the cord.
He cut the cord when Adam Robert was born on Saturday.
households, people who cut the cord cited the cost of keeping both landline and wireless as the number one reason for giving up landline service.