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noun [plural] apron strings pronunciation in British English
  1. influence or control that someone has over you because you are afraid of making your own decisions or of not doing what they say
    be tied to someone’s apron strings (=be influenced or controlled by someone):

    Even at 25 Jenny was tied to her parentsapron strings.


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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