clinging vine


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clinging vine

A person, typically a woman, whose relationship with someone or others is characterized by emotional overdependence and/or helplessness. I was at first attracted to her intrepid sense of adventure, but when we began dating, it became obvious she was a bit of a clinging vine emotionally.
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clinging vine

An overly dependent person, as in A clinging vine since her marriage, she's never made a decision on her own. Nearly always applied to a woman (or wife), this metaphor for a climbing plant today criticizes dependency rather than, as in former times, praising the vine's fruitfulness.
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clinging vine

An extremely dependent person. Today this term is mildly pejorative—such a person is not considered particularly admirable—but earlier uses of this figure of speech carry no such criticism. Indeed, the vine in question, nearly always a woman or wife, was also praised for potential or actual fruitfulness (i.e., childbearing ability). “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house,” says the Book of Psalms (128:3).
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If you still want to be with him - knowing he'll never be reliable and you're only doing it to have fun - you mustn't continue to be a clinging vine.
She love[s] property much better than education or religion, and as long as she continues with an unchanged heart, it must be so." (41) While Alte behaved as a clinging vine, supporting her husband through her frugality and wifely skills at home and reassuring him that he could farm successfully, he did not appreciate her efforts because she did not manifest the dependence and acquiescence that he expected of her.
Lacking in self-esteem, the Clinging Vine constantly looks to others for guidance and validation.
rupestris behaves more like a self-supporting bush than a clinging vine. With its strongly vertical root system, rupestris seeks water and minerals in deep soils.
Her very weakness and dependence were dear to him and he loved to think of her as the tender clinging vine, while he was the strong and sturdy oak.
You're a free spirit and she's a clinging vine. I don't know how you've managed to stay in this claustrophobic set-up for so long.
I think your boyfriend feels like a trellis dragged down with clinging vine.
One moment they are clinging vines, attaching themselves to you like limpets, the next they are pulling away as they test their roots.
That fellow of mine literally stripped the clinging vines right off the trees.
We've seen off gold diggers, time wasters, clinging vines and trollops - and he's been grateful.
Spectators cried out their hurrahs for peppy contingents or the few wonderfully outrageous single marchers (an Elizabeth I whose hooped skirt was an English garden, with trellis, clinging vines, tiny statuary), but the wild applause was notable for how rarely it was elicited.
Clinging vines can add charm and beauty to your home, but watch out.