- stringed instruments, especially those played with a bow.
- players on such instruments in an orchestra or band.
- a stroke made by each player from the head of the table to the opposite cushion and back, to determine, by means of the resultant positions of the cue balls, who shall open the game.
- Also called string line. a line from behind which the cue ball is placed after being out of play.
verb (used with object), strung; strung or (Rare) stringed; string·ing.
- to adjust the string of (a bow) or tighten the strings of (a musical instrument) to the required pitch.
- to equip (a bow or instrument) with new strings.
verb (used without object), strung; strung or (Rare) stringed; string·ing.
- to be in agreement; follow with confidence: He found he couldn't string along with all their modern notions.
- to keep (a person) waiting or in a state of uncertainty.
- to deceive; cheat; trick.
- to extend; stretch out: The parade strung out for miles.
- to prolong: The promised three days strung out to six weeks.
Words nearby string
Idioms for string
- to use one's influence or authority, usually in secret, in order to bring about a desired result.
- to gain or attempt to gain one's objectives by means of influential friends, associates, etc.: He had his uncle pull strings to get him a promotion.
Origin of string
OTHER WORDS FROM stringstring·less, adjectivestring·like, adjectivere·string, verb, re·strung, re·string·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for on a string
- violins, violas, cellos, and double basses collectively
- the section of a symphony orchestra constituted by such instruments
verb strings, stringing or strung (strʌŋ)
Derived forms of stringstringlike, adjective
Word Origin for string
Idioms and Phrases with on a string (1 of 2)
Under someone's control, as in She'll drop everything whenever Sam asks for something—he's got her on a string. This expression, alluding to pulling an animal on a leash, dates from the late 1500s, when it was put as in a string.
Idioms and Phrases with on a string (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with string
- string along
- string out
- strings attached
- string together
- string up
- harp on (one string)
- no strings attached
- on a shoestring
- on a string
- pull strings
- purse strings
- tied to apron strings
- two strings to one's bow