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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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Unprotected newborns can be infected with tetanus due to unhygienic birthing practices, such as cutting the umbilical cord with non-sterile instruments or applying contaminated dressings.
Marianne and Carol: We were in the delivery room, and we will never forget first seeing our little boy, holding him, and cutting the umbilical cord.
After she was arrested, she confessed the murder, saying how she strangled Bobbie Jo then laterally cut her open before removing the baby and cutting the umbilical cord.
Bowie assisted with the delivery by cutting the umbilical cord as wife and model I man gave birth to Alexandria Zahra Jones.
Any father who has taken part in the time-honored ritual of cutting the umbilical cord in the delivery room knows it is filled with dark red blood.
With a natural caesarean, doctors delay cutting the umbilical cord so that more oxygenated blood can flow from a mother to her baby, reducing the chances of iron deficiency at six months.