Idioms for string

    on a/the string, Informal. subject to the whim of another; in one's power; dependent: After keeping me on a string for two months, they finally hired someone else.
    pull strings/wires,
    1. to use one's influence or authority, usually in secret, in order to bring about a desired result.
    2. 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

before 900; (noun) Middle English string, streng, Old English streng; cognate with Dutch streng, German Strang; akin to Latin stringere to bind; (v.) late Middle English stringen to string a bow, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM string

string·less, adjectivestring·like, adjectivere·string, verb, re·strung, re·string·ing.

Definition for pull wires (2 of 2)

Origin of wire

before 900; Middle English wir(e) (noun), Old English wīr; cognate with Low German wīr, Old Norse vīra- wire, Old High German wiara fine goldwork

OTHER WORDS FROM wire

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wire

why're wire
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British Dictionary definitions for pull wires (1 of 2)

wire
/ (waɪə) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of wire

wirelike, adjective

Word Origin for wire

Old English wīr; related to Old High German wiara, Old Norse vīra, Latin viriae bracelet

British Dictionary definitions for pull wires (2 of 2)

string
/ (strɪŋ) /

noun

verb strings, stringing or strung (strʌŋ)

Derived forms of string

stringlike, adjective

Word Origin for string

Old English streng; related to Old High German strang, Old Norse strengr; see strong
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Idioms and Phrases with pull wires (1 of 3)

pull wires

see pull strings.

Idioms and Phrases with pull wires (2 of 3)

string

In addition to the idioms beginning with string

  • string along
  • string out
  • strings attached
  • string together
  • string up

also see:

  • 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

Idioms and Phrases with pull wires (3 of 3)

wire

see down to the wire; get one's wires crossed; live wire; pull strings (wires); under the wire.

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