Clip Your Wings

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To cut off luxuries and privileges or take away the power and authority enjoyed by someone

Etymology:

  • This idiom has been taken from a very old practice. Romans were the first to clip off the wings of any flying bird. They wanted to pet them and prevented them from flying away from them. It showed that clipping left the bird helpless and it took away from him, one of his major powers.
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After leaving the office Margaret’s wings were clipped off.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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