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