leading-string love


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  • n. Strings with which children were formerly guided while they were learning to walk.


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  • “Because though old, he is but a child in the leading-string of hope.”

    The History of Pendennis

  • He tied a leading-string around the mascot's neck.

    Lady Luck

  • Then she rode on and out through the gates, ignoring Aggie's pitiful wail and scorning the leading-string the instructor offered.


  • "You're getting too old to be on a leading-string, _mon cher_."

    Charles Rex

  • Penrod cried, and he ran to the stuffed and linked stockings, seized the leading-string, and vigorously illustrated his further remarks.

    Penrod and Sam

  • And after that I did not see him until just before we -- I came home, Really, mama, I can't have a leading-string on Sir Redmond.

    Her Prairie Knight

  • A King Charles spaniel, dragging a leading-string in the shape of a huge pink sash, followed the girl.


  • She often took me out of my box, at my own desire, to give me air and show me the country; but always held me fast by a leading-string.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume III (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland I

  • It does not attempt the hypocritical contradiction in terms, of pretending to elevate a people into a self-sustaining condition through the leading-string process of "tutelage."

    "Imperialism" and "The Tracks of Our Forefathers"

  • Still he struggled on, his faithful dog pulling at his leading-string to induce him to walk faster, the animal's instinct telling him that the storm had but commenced, and that it was increasing in strength.

    Washed Ashore The Tower of Stormount Bay


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