In the movie "The power of the dog", a man talks to a boy that behaves like a sissy “Don’t let your mom make a sissy of you” (see the link about the movie here).

What does "make a sissy of somebody" mean?

Is it common in everyday English?

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A sissy is a person (usually male) who acts in a way that the speaker considers effeminate, insufficiently "manly", or simply weak or cowardly. The term is in common use in US English. It can be used as anything from a mild tease to an intended serious insult. It is almost never intended as positive.

The idea that someone's influence can "make" a person, particularly a boy, into a sissy is not uncommon, although less common than it used to be.

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