tied to (someone's) apron strings

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tied to (someone's) apron strings

Controlled or dominated by someone. I'm worried that my husband will forever be tied to his mother's apron strings—he's a grown man but still does every little thing she asks! Can you make a decision on your own, or are you tied to her apron strings?
See also: apron, string, tie

tied to apron strings

Wholly dependent on or controlled by a woman, especially one's mother or wife. For example, At 25, he was still too tied to her apron strings to get an apartment of his own. This expression, dating from the early 1800s, probably alluded to apron-string tenure, a 17th-century law that allowed a husband to control his wife's and her family's property during her lifetime.
See also: apron, string, tie

tied to someone's apron strings

too much under the influence and control of someone (especially used to suggest that a man is too much influenced by his mother).
See also: apron, string, tie
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Perhaps your mum is a bit jealous of the opportunities you have that she didn't but she also sounds overprotective and keen to keep you tied to her apron strings for as long as possible.
Perhaps your mum is a bit jealous of the opportunities you have that she didn't, but she also sounds overprotective and keen to keep you tied to her apron strings for as long as possible.
Taught to cook by his gran after his mother died when he was four, he said: "I opted to be tied to her apron strings, I suppose, rather than disappear outside playing football.
It centred around the tortured relationship between the quick and witty, but mild-mannered bachelor Timothy and his scheming mother, determined to keep him tied to her apron strings.
LIKE many parents, Jean Williams' son is at an age when he is no longer young enough to be tied to her apron strings, but still not old enough for complete freedom, writes Gemma Williams.
He's tied to her apron strings and that's the way they both seem to like it.