Nearby words

  1. strimmer,
  2. strimon,
  3. strindberg,
  4. strindberg, johan august,
  5. strine,
  6. string along,
  7. string bag,
  8. string band,
  9. string bass,
  10. string bean

Idioms

    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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for string up

string

/ (strɪŋ) /

noun

verb strings, stringing or strung (strʌŋ)

Derived Formsstringlike, adjective

Word Origin for string

Old English streng; related to Old High German strang, Old Norse strengr; see strong

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Word Origin and History for string up
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Idioms and Phrases with string up

string up

Hang; also, kill by hanging. For example, They strung up their Christmas lights in October, or The mob wanted to string him up on the nearest tree. [Early 1800s]

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
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