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apron string

figurative That which binds a woman to her husband or child. The phrase likely alludes to "apron-string tenure," a 17th century law by which a husband could control his wife's property (and her family's) during her lifetime. Often used in the phrase "tied to (one's) apron string(s)." I can't believe how much Michael is tied to his mother's apron string! That's the only explanation for him still living at home at age 40!
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Kirsty Ward, head of Asda Money, says: "Letting go of the apron strings and seeing the kids drive off for the first time is a significant moment for any parent but it comes with a whole new set of worries.
Walking a sometimes wobbly line between charming and cloying, "Sassy Pants" is a fable-like comedy that charts a young woman's gradual liberation from the apron strings of her divorced mother, with only limited help from the depressed gay father she moves in with.
Matthew ended up packing up his mixing bowl and whisk and heading home with his apron strings dangling.
apron strings on grandmothers and mothers tie us to wonderful advice, wisdom, traditions, good times, and delicious food.
But now she and her family have made it to BBC One and her sitcom series, Mrs Brown's Boys, about an Irish mammy who refuses to cut the apron strings from her grown-up children, has just begun.
has cut the apron strings with brand ambassador and television chef Marco Pierre White in a major relaunch for the brand.
children swimming in shoes, apron strings knotted, playing home.
When they decide to forego grandparent duties by moving to Belgium, the parentless Verona is no longer tied down with apron strings like so many people are by manipulative relatives.
Girls eight to 12 are typically still attached to Mom's apron strings and often look at Mom as a hero," said Karen Grant, vice president and senior beauty industry analyst, The NPD Group.
They are still tied to mother 'England's' apron strings in this day and age.
TONY BLAIR will be remembered for three things: primarily the illegal war in Iraq, his wife's gaffs and being tied to George Bush's apron strings.
What few "friends" we do have subsist in their sovereign attachment to our apron strings by virtue of our foreign aid largesse.
We recognise it can be hard for both parents and children when the time comes for offspring to leave home, but our research has shown both parties feel it is important to release the apron strings.
The apron strings tie the whole thing together, and your cutting tools stay sharp, dry and organized between jobs.
I decided to let loose the apron strings, since this is such an incredible opportunity,'' she said.