LEADING-STRINGS. n.s. [lead and string.] Strings by which
children, when they learn to walk, are held from falling.
Sound may serve such, ere they to sense are grown,
Like leading-strings, ‘till they can walk alone. Dryden.
Was he ever able to walk without leading-strings, or swim
without bladders, without being discovered by his hobbling
and his sinking? Swift.

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