be tied to (something's) apron strings

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be tied to (something's) apron strings

To be controlled or dominated by something. If you accept money from that unsavory organization, you'll be tied to its apron strings for a long time.
See also: apron, string, tie
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be tied to something's apron strings

If one country or organization is tied to another's apron strings, the first country or organization is dependent on and controlled by the second when it should be independent. The country was little more than a colony, tied to Canada's apron strings.
See also: apron, string, tie
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