cut the umbilical cord


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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!
See also: cord, cut

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.
See also: cord, cut
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I was bored with Pau and at some point I realised I had to cut the umbilical cord, " he said.
Both Donna and Ria were checked over by the midwife when she arrived to cut the umbilical cord.
The paramedics allowed Jon to cut the umbilical cord before taking mother and daughter to Antelope Valley Hospital for a checkup.
An hour later, mother and daughter were lifted aboard a South African helicopter after a medic had been winched down to the tree to cut the umbilical cord.
Carl Philip said that he cut the umbilical cord and that his baby was dark-haired.
admitted during questioning that her newborn was alive when she delivered her and cut the umbilical cord with a knife in her room.
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It took 29 minutes before the doctors could cut the umbilical cord, certain that Joshua could breathe on his own.
Varley had cut the umbilical cord with scissors, dropped the placenta in a carrier bag and dumped it in a wheelie bin in Horden, Co Durham.
Upon arriving at an Abu Dhabi hospital and before her examination, the defendant entered the washroom where she gave birth to the child, cut the umbilical cord, and wrapped it around the baby's throat, causing it to suffocate and die.
She said he has gone from not wanting to cut the umbilical cord when their first son, Mason, was born, to partially delivering their second son, Brady, to completely delivering Tucker "from head to toe.
Rachel Cowley cut the umbilical cord of her partner's baby, then walked out of a hospital clutching her own daughter Isabelle's hand.
A pair of paramedics cut the umbilical cord on the street before mom and baby were brought inside.
A midwife arrived and cut the umbilical cord and baby Elene was wrapped in a towel and bundled into the hospital.