clip someone's wings

clip someone's wings
clip (someone's) wings to limit someone's freedom.

She never had kids. I guess she thought motherhood would clip her wings.


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  • clip someone's wings — RESTRICT SOMEONE S FREEDOM, impose limits on, keep under control, stand in the way of; obstruct, impede, frustrate, thwart, fetter, hamstring. → clip * * * clip someone’s wings phrase to make someone have less freedom or power than before… …   Useful english dictionary

  • clip someone's wings —    If you clip someone s wings, you do something to restrict their freedom.     Taking away his credit card is a sure way to clip his wings …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • clip someone’s wings — tv. to restrain someone; to reduce or put an end to a teenager’s privileges. □ One more stunt like that and I’m going to clip your wings for a couple of weeks. D Her father clipped her wings for getting into trouble with the cops …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • clip someone's wings — if you try to clip her wings, neither one of you will ever be happy Syn: restrict someone s freedom, impose limits on, keep under control, stand in the way of; obstruct, impede, frustrate, thwart, fetter, hamstring, handcuff …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • clip someone's wings — to make someone have less freedom or power than before …   English dictionary

  • clip wings — clip (someone s) wings to limit someone s freedom. She never had kids. I guess she thought motherhood would clip her wings …   New idioms dictionary

  • clip */ — I UK [klɪp] / US verb Word forms clip : present tense I/you/we/they clip he/she/it clips present participle clipping past tense clipped past participle clipped 1) a) [transitive] to fasten one thing to another using a small object He collected up …   English dictionary

  • clip — [[t]klɪ̱p[/t]] clips, clipping, clipped 1) N COUNT A clip is a small device, usually made of metal or plastic, that is specially shaped for holding things together. She took the clip out of her hair. 2) V ERG When you clip things together, you… …   English dictionary

  • clip — clip1 [ klıp ] verb * ▸ 1 fasten using something small ▸ 2 press into position ▸ 3 cut ▸ 4 hit accidentally ▸ 5 reduce by small amount ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) transitive to fasten one thing to another using a small object: He collected up the papers and …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clip — I 1. noun 1) a briefcase clip Syn: fastener, clasp, hasp, catch, hook, buckle, lock 2) a mother of pearl clip Syn: brooch, pin, badge 3) …   Thesaurus of popular words

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