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reliance on (someone or something)
A total dependence on someone or something, especially to a detrimental or hindering degree. The writer's reliance on cliché started becoming painfully obvious after his second book. The countess's reliance on her assistants grew even greater after she had her fall.
reliance on someone or something
trust and dependence on someone or something. John's reliance on his family is holding him back. Reliance on sleeping pills is dangerous.