You spoke of remaining a fortnight only at ——; but I suppose that you will, as usual, string out that fortnight into a long month.
string out your ropes, boys, and pass over all them picket-pins.
He snatched the string out of Dick's hand and faced him defiantly.
He had played his string out—had come to the end of his trail.
The puzzle is, to get the string out again without taking off the buttons.
They know what I think—they just want me to string out a lot of excuses for them not to act!
Whenever the steers wanted to move they would take the middle of the track single file, and string out mile after mile.
I took the string out, and told the boy to blow as we passed him.
Any way you look at it, your stake in the game isn't worth the time and effort it will take to play the string out.
Automatically he pulled the string out of the grenade and threw it far from him.
Old English streng "line, cord, thread," from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cf. Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, German Strang "rope, cord"), from *strang- "taut, stiff," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain). Gradually restricted by early Middle English to lines that are smaller than a rope. Sense of "a number of objects arranged in a line" first recorded late 15c.
Old English meaning "ligaments, tendons" is preserved in hamstring, heartstrings. Meaning "limitations, stipulations" (1888) is American English, probably from the common April Fool's joke of leaving a purse that looks full of money on the sidewalk, then tugging it away with an attached string when someone stoops to pick it up. To pull strings "control the course of affairs" (1860) is from the notion of puppet theater. First string, second string, etc. in athletics (1863) is from archers' custom of carrying spare bowstrings in the event that one breaks. Strings "stringed instruments" is attested from mid-14c. String bean is from 1759; string bikini is from 1974.
c.1400, "to fit a bow with a string," from string (n.). Meaning "to thread (beads, etc.) on a string" is from 1610s. To string (someone) along is slang from 1902; string (v.) in this sense is attested in British dialect from c.1812.