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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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The AirTV Player is a device that will solve the problem of gaining access to local channels - which has been printing consumers from cutting the cord.
Poet Matt Nunn will run the workshop as part of a dad-themed research project called Hiding In The Pub To Cutting The Cord.
Families with looped cord blinds in their homes are being urged to remove the risk by cutting the cord to make two strands.
He believes that cutting the cord is essential to the bonding process.
Orvis and Tippett share expert tips on ways to reduce your risk without cutting the cord and heading off to a shack in the woods:
47% of them cited poor value for money as their primary reason for cutting the cord.
South Tyneside NHS Trust banned relatives from cutting the cord 10 years ago after a grandma cut off a baby's toe.