apron string definition by Webster's New World
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a string for tying an apron on
apron string definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The string of an apron. Usually used in the plural with tied to indicate complete control or dominance: a grown man still tied to his mother's apron strings.
apron string - Phrases/Idioms
tied to one's mother's (or wife's, etc.) apron strings
dominated by one's mother (or wife, etc.)