clinging vine


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clinging vine

n
informal US and Canadian a woman who displays excessive emotional dependence on a man

cling′ing vine′


n.
a person who behaves in a helpless and dependent manner in relationships with others.
[1960–65, Amer.]
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clinging vine

n (inf)Klette f (inf)
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Your Highness," said he, "I will now proceed to prove my magic by creating two suns that you have never seen before; also I will exhibit a Destroyer much more dreadful that your Clinging Vines.
Now, Princess," exclaimed the Wizard, "those of your advisors who wished to throw us into the Garden of Clinging Vines must step within this circle of light.
Once they came near to the enclosed Garden of the Clinging Vines, and walking high into the air looked down upon it with much interest.
Thirty years later, only the thick walls were standing, with the dull red brick showing here and there through a matted growth of clinging vines.
Above him, through the aperture, Werper could see sunlight glancing from massive columns, which were twined about by clinging vines.
In its juvenile stage -- the way it looks when most of us first plant it -- it's a dainty and attractive clinging vine featuring a delightful network of tiny heart-shaped evergreen leaves.
If you still want to be with him - knowing he'll never be reliable and you're only doing it to have fun - you mustn't continue to be a clinging vine.