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pull the string

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pull the string

verb phrase

  1. To pitch a change-of-pace ball, a very slow ball after the motion for a fast one (1937+ Baseball)
  2. To rudely reveal the truth, previously kept hidden; unveil true intentions; reveal the catch •The full form is pull the string of the shower bath: They doubled their efforts, showering her with affection, then they pulled the string (1928+)

[perhaps fr the use of a string to fasten and release a concealing sheet on something about to be unveiled; perhaps fr pull the lanyard, ''to fire a cannon'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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