" To hide behind your mother's skirt "

Posted by ESC on March 26, 2005

In Reply to: " To hide behind your mothers' skirt " posted by Lynne S. on March 26, 2005

: Hello I am wondering if anybody could help me with the correct phrasing of an expression.I am not sure if it is either "to hide behind your mothers' skirt" or if it is in fact "to hide under your mothers' skirt". I have also heard of the expression "To hide behind your mothers' apron ". What would be the correct saying & meaning ? Any help would be appreciated.

I'll look in my phrase books to be sure. But just off the top of my head, so to speak, it is "hide behind your mother's skirt." Or maybe, "skirts." Women used to wear long skirts and a shy child could hide behind his mother. Then there is: "still tied to your mother's apron strings." Before playpens and such, a mother wore an apron and might actually tie a child to her apron string to keep him (or her) close.