Tied to her apron strings




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Tied to her apron strings : Phrases



Meaning:

A man who is dominated by his wife.


Example:

Sir Dennis Thatcher was
tied to Margaret Thatcher's apron strings throughout the years that she was the British Prime Minister.


Origin:

In England during the 18th century, if a man married a woman with property, he didn't get title to it, but could use it while she was alive (Apron-String tenure). A man tied to his wife's apron strings was in no position to argue. Hence, the phrase came to stand for any abnormal submission to a wife or mother.





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