Definitionwoman's (her) apron strings ', meaning:
1. Dependent and subservient to a woman; said of children with regards to their mothers and husbands with their wives.
Quote: Clint Belmet (Gary Cooper) about Felice (Lily Damita) in Fighting Caravans (1931): ' Trying to get me into her corral, tied to her apron strings '.
2. Mothered and smothered.