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 his father stopped his allowance; that clipped his wings.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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