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Apron-string Tenure (An)

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A tenure held in virtue of one’s wife.

Tied to his mother’s apron-string, completely under his mother’s thumb. Applied to a big boy or young man who is still under mother rule.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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