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- n. Plural form of leading-string.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Strings by which children are supported when beginning to walk.
- Hence Restrictions imposed upon freedom of action; intrusive care or custody; restraining guidance.
- Nautical, an old name for yoke-lines.
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It is Senator Clinton who has spent the past week tying herself to John McCain as fast as McCain could tie himself to the purse and leading-strings of George W. Bush.
He had ridden five miles to join them, merely not to be thought in leading-strings, by staying at Etherington to hear his father; though the name and the excellence of the preaching of Mr. Tyrold, attracted to his church all strangers who had power to reach it: – so vehement in early youth is the eagerness to appear independant, and so general is the belief that all merit must be sought from a distance.
'Your utter inexperience in life,' he continued, 'makes me, though but just giving up leading-strings myself, an adept in the comparison.
Over what precipices do not men fall, notwithstanding their boasted leading-strings of reason!
He was slow of movement, tied to his Doctor, and perhaps to some other leading-strings.
By figures of speech and apt comparisons he took her mind into leading-strings, compelling her to follow him into wildernesses of which she had never in her life even realized the existence.
He complains that we use him like a child in a go-cart, or a baby with leading-strings, and that he must not be trusted out of our sight.
(I mean, can be silent, and only laugh when he sees somebody of more sense laugh, and never approve or condemn but in leading-strings), he may possibly pass in a crowd of gentlemen.
All the men who visited the house were crazy over her, and she kept them all in leading-strings at her feet.
To say the truth, I wonder she had not insisted on my again wearing leading-strings.