phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Re: Tied to someone's apron strings

Posted by ESC on November 16, 2005

In Reply to: Tied to someone's apron strings posted by Lucy on November 16, 2005

: Does anyone know the meaning of the idiom "Tied to someone's apron strings", and where it originated?

It means too attached to one's mother. And it has a literal origin. In the days before playpens and other devices, a mother would attach her child to her by her apron strings. The child could play nearby safely.