tied to someone's apron strings

tied to (someone's) apron strings

To be 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 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