cut the cord


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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.
See also: cord, cut

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.
See also: cord, cut
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Nick, 38, from South Shields, said: "I didn't get to cut the cord.
The rule was introduced in South Tyneside 10 years ago when a baby was injured in an accident when a relative cut the cord.
Nick Bird, 38, was outraged when he was told he would not be able to cut the cord of the baby he is expecting with partner Julie Traill, 25, in November.
The ambulance came 10 minutes later and the paramedics cut the cord.
Then he cut the cord with scissors and tied it with string - before paramedics arrived to take Razia to a hospital.
Mia eventually came safely into the world and it was proud dad David, 40, who cut the cord.
I was supposed to be a "new man", even cut the cord.
By the time paramedics arrived in Heybridge, Essex, all that was left to do was cut the cord.
Last night, Mark, from Bathgate, West Lothian, said: "When they arrived, they asked me to cut the cord.
He cut the cord when Adam Robert was born on Saturday.
I wrapped the baby in a towel and didn't cut the cord.