the occupation by a man of his wife's property
   The use satirized English and Welsh land tenure — freehold, leasehold, or copyhold. It also indicates what people thought of a man who lived off the estate of his wife, whose property by law vested in him on marriage, either beneficially or during her lifetime:
    A man being possessed of a house and large orchard by apron-string-hold, felled almost all his fruit trees, because he expected the death of his sick wife. (Ellis, 1750)

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