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cut the umbilical cord

To strike out on one's own from an overly involved or suffocating relationship, usually between a parent and child. I love my mom, I truly do, but she used to call me five times a day! I had to cut the umbilical cord! Geez Pete, you're 40 years old! It's time to cut the umbilical cord and stop living with your parents!
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cut the cord

1. To strike out on one's own from an overly involved or suffocating relationship, usually between a parent and child. A shortened version of the phrase "cut the umbilical cord." I love my mom, I truly do, but she used to call me five times a day! I had to cut the cord. Geez, Pete, you're 40 years old. It's time to cut the cord and stop living with your parents!
2. slang To cancel one's cable service. Dude, I finally cut the cord and I don't miss it at all.
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cut the umbilical cord

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cut the cord

If you cut the umbilical cord or cut the cord, you start acting independently rather than continuing to rely on the person or thing that you have always relied on. Both nations are eager to cut the umbilical cord tying them to the federation in its current shape. Note: An unborn baby's umbilical cord is the tube connecting it to its mother, through which it receives oxygen and nutrients.
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cut the cord

cease to rely on someone or something influential or supportive and begin to act independently.
The image here is of the cutting of a baby's umbilical cord at birth.
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cords

n. a basketball net. They cut the cords down after the game.
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Makro UK CEO Hannes Floto insisted Cordes was nevertheless happy with Makro's performance.
This practice sidelines the importance of the sacraments and emphasizes the therapeutic aspect of Christian life, according to Cordes, who argues strongly for greater emphasis on the sacramental role of priests without putting these men on a pedestal and thus placing a barrier between them and the laity.
Voy Por is the one who's concerning me," Cordes said.
The group was planning to invest some 100 million Euros in Turkey in 2008, and achieved its goal by opening five Media Markt and two Metro Cash & Carry markets," Cordes also said.
Cordes, Cashen and Gu plan to be at today's seventh and final stage, which starts at noon in Santa Clarita and ends in Pasadena with six five-mile laps around the Rose Bowl.
Mr Cordes, from Middleton-on-Sea, was driving a white Seat Ibiza and the 64-year-old was driving a green Vauxhall Astra estate
Cordes, who joined Mitsubishi Motors' board in April, has recently been appointed to head the German auto giant's Mercedes Car Group and voluntarily resigned from his position at Mitsubishi Motors to avoid a possible conflict of interests, the Japanese automaker said.
Eckhard Cordes, named to head DaimlerChrysler's flagship Mercedes Car Group division, is a turnaround expert who made his mark as a loyal ally of chief executive Juergen Schrempp.
As usual, Manfred Cordes elicits flawless and impassioned singing and playing from the Weser-Renaissance of Bremen; soprano soloists Susanne Ryden and Nele Gramss, along with tenor Harry van Berne, are in especially fine voice here, the listening experience marred only slightly by a sometimes rather distant acoustic.
MADRID, Spain--Archbishop Paul Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," the Vatican office that promotes charitable giving and distributes aid from Pope John Paul II, attended the international donors' conference on Iraq to signal the Vatican's moral and financial support for rebuilding Iraq and fostering democracy in the nation.
An estimated 1,400 nesting pairs of piping plovers live along the Eastern seaboard, says Jeff Cordes, a biologist at Cape Lookout National Seashore, a migration stopover and wintering area for the species and home to 14 of North Carolina's 24 nesting pairs.
Stephen Cordes, a Clarion managing director and president of Clarion Realty Services.
Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes denied reports that the Vatican is planning to establish ties with Beijing at the expense of relations with Taiwan, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.
As HFN reported, Jeffrey Cordes was named to the new position of president last month.