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cut the apron strings

To lessen the extent to which someone controls, influences, or monitors someone else, especially parents in relation to their children. Mothers these days are so fussy about their kids, having to know where they are at every second of the day. They would really do well to cut the apron strings a little, if you ask me! Sending kids to summer camps has been in decline in recent years, as parents have become less and less inclined to cut the apron strings.
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cut the apron strings

If a person, a country or an organization cuts the apron strings, they become independent. At 21, I was still living the life I'd been living when I was 15. I just had to get away from that, to cut those apron strings. Note: Verbs such as loosen or let go of can be used instead of cut. Don't give up on university. It will be good for her as well as you for you to loosen the apron strings now.
See also: apron, cut, string
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She is gently cutting the apron strings on her grown-up son Jason.
The 21-yearold midfielder learned his craft at the Gunners' training centre and had work experience at Hull City last season before cutting the apron strings.
The ambassador's article went on, however, to say that Saudi Arabia was cutting the apron strings to the United States and would now take a more active role in confronting Iran and Syria.
This is also the first week that the celebrities have been out on the ice on their own, so it's a case of cutting the apron strings.
Now Norman and Lillian Kennedy are cutting the apron strings after being Barnardo's longest serving foster carers following 30 years of commitment.
It found that for more than half, going to university is cutting the apron strings for the first time, with 57% having never lived away from home.
One in five cutting the apron strings for the first time admit they have never cleaned a bath or shower.
It is time for the sacrament of confirmation to grow up and mature, cutting the apron strings from baptism and the rites of initiation.
Cutting the apron strings is a painful process for us and five is way too young.
River City BBC1 Cutting the apron strings can be tricky for some parents and children.
But cutting the apron strings, often for the first time, is not without its risks for youngsters, many of whom may never have lived away from home before.
Martin is disgusted by her deception and immediately gets back with Sonia, finally cutting the apron strings.
But Angela and senior keeper Leanne Perkins, who has being helping to look after Roo, aren't too keen on cutting the apron strings.
It is also cutting the apron strings on its profit-making Teesside works, where 2,900 are employed, saying it must stand alone on the international market.
You should be proud of her for cutting the apron strings and striking out on her own.