clip your wings

clip your wings
clip (your) wings to limit your freedom.

She was afraid that motherhood would clip her wings.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of clip a bird's wings (= to cut the feathers that make it possible for a bird to fly)

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  • Spread Your Wings — Single par Queen extrait de l’album News of the World Face A Spread Your Wings Face B Sheer Heart Attack Sortie 10 février 1978 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • clip wings — clip (your) wings to limit your freedom. She was afraid that motherhood would clip her wings. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of clip a bird s wings (= to cut the feathers that make it possible for a bird to fly) …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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 — 1 noun 1 FOR FASTENING (C) a small metal or plastic object for holding or fastening things together: Fasten the microphone clip to your shirt front. | hair clip (=a piece of metal or plastic for keeping hair in the right place) see also: bulldog… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • clip — clip1 [klıp] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(for fastening)¦ 2¦(film)¦ 3¦(gun)¦ 4 at a good/rapid/fast etc clip 5¦(cut)¦ 6 a clip round the ear/earhole 7¦(newspaper)¦ 8 $100/50 cents etc a clip ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Sense: 1,3,8; Date: 1400 1500; Origin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Wings (band) — This article is about the 1970 s band. For the American band, see Wings (1968 band). Wings Wings, 1975. L R: Joe English, Denny Laine, Linda McCartney, Jimmy McCulloch, and Paul McCartney. Background information Origin …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — 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 — [[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 one's wings — {v. phr.} To limit or hold you back, bring you under control; prevent your success. * /When the new president tried to become dictator, the generals soon clipped his wings./ * /Jim was spending too much time on dates when he needed to study so… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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