To be tied to a wife's apron strings

To be tied to a wife's apron strings
Apron string A"pron string` The string of an apron. [1913 Webster]

{To be tied to a wife's apron strings} or {To be tied to a mother's apron strings}, to be unduly controlled by a wife or mother. [1913 Webster]

He was so made that he could not submit to be tied to the apron strings even of the best of wives. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • To be tied to a mother's apron strings — Apron string A pron string The string of an apron. [1913 Webster] {To be tied to a wife s apron strings} or {To be tied to a mother s apron strings}, to be unduly controlled by a wife or mother. [1913 Webster] He was so made that he could not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tied to a woman's apron-strings — Ruled by and dependent on a woman (esp one s wife or mother) • • • Main Entry: ↑apron …   Useful english dictionary

  • Apron string — A pron string The string of an apron. [1913 Webster] {To be tied to a wife s apron strings} or {To be tied to a mother s apron strings}, to be unduly controlled by a wife or mother. [1913 Webster] He was so made that he could not submit to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apron string — n. a string for tying an apron on tied to one s mother s apron strings or tied to one s wife s apron strings dominated by one s mother (or wife, etc.) * * * …   Universalium

  • apron string — n. a string for tying an apron on tied to one s mother s apron strings or tied to one s wife s apron strings dominated by one s mother (or wife, etc.) …   English World dictionary

  • apron string — noun (usually used in the plural) a cord used to tie an apron at the waist • Hypernyms: ↑cord • Part Holonyms: ↑apron * * * noun : the string of an apron usually used in plural as a symbol of complete dependence on or domineering control by a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • apron — noun (C) 1 a piece of clothing that covers the front part of your clothes and ties around your waist, worn to keep your clothes clean, especially while cooking 2 tied to your mother s/wife s apron strings too easily controlled by your mother or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • List of The Jeffersons episodes — This is a list of episodes of The Jeffersons, a CBS situation comedy from 1975 1985. Contents 1 Season 1: 1975 2 Season 2: 1975 1976 3 Season 3: 1976 1977 4 Season 4 …   Wikipedia

  • henpecked — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. hag ridden; browbeaten, nagged, hounded; led by the nose, jumping through hoops. See obedience, subjection. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. dominated by one s wife, in fear of one s wife, subjected to… …   English dictionary for students

  • tie —  1. n. That which restricts one s freedom.  2. tie in with Conform with. Be appropriately related to. Link up with. (Of plans, etc.)    ♣ Do my arrangements tie in with yours? Tied to apron strings Under the domination of a woman (usu. wife or… …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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