no strings attached

Without conditions or restrictions, as in They give each of the children $10,000 a year with no strings attached. This expression dates from the mid-1900s, although string in the sense of “a limitation” has been used since the late 1800s.


Nearby words

  1. no smoke without fire, there's,
  2. no soap,
  3. no sooner said than done,
  4. no spring chicken,
  5. no stomach for, have,
  6. no such thing,
  7. no sweat,
  8. no telling,
  9. no thanks to,
  10. no time at all

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