pull strings


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pull strings

To use personal influence to make something happen.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pull strings - influence or control shrewdly or deviouslypull strings - influence or control shrewdly or deviously; "He manipulated public opinion in his favor"
act upon, influence, work - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
Translations
zatlačit
influere
protekciót vesz igénybe
toga í spottana
zariadiť si tajne
iltimas/torpil yapmak

string

(striŋ) noun
1. (a piece of) long narrow cord made of threads twisted together, or tape, for tying, fastening etc. a piece of string to tie a parcel; a ball of string; a puppet's strings; apron-strings.
2. a fibre etc, eg on a vegetable.
3. a piece of wire, gut etc on a musical instrument, eg a violin. His A-string broke; (also adjective) He plays the viola in a string orchestra.
4. a series or group of things threaded on a cord etc. a string of beads.
verbpast tense, past participle strung (straŋ)
1. to put (beads etc) on a string etc. The pearls were sent to a jeweller to be strung.
2. to put a string or strings on (eg a bow or stringed instrument). The archer strung his bow and aimed an arrow at the target.
3. to remove strings from (vegetables etc).
4. to tie and hang with string etc. The farmer strung up the dead crows on the fence.
strings noun plural
(in an orchestra, the group of people who play) stringed instruments, ie violins, violas, 'cellos and double basses. The conductor said the strings were too loud.
ˈstringy adjective
(especially of meat or vegetables) having a lot of tough fibres.
ˈstringiness noun
string bean
the long, edible green or yellow pod of certain beans.
stringed instruments
musical instruments that have strings eg violins, guitars etc.
have (someone) on a string
to have (a person) under one's control.
pull strings
to use one's influence or that of others to gain an advantage.
pull the strings
to be the person who is really, though usually not apparently, controlling the actions of others.
string out
to stretch into a long line. The runners were strung out along the course.
strung up
very nervous.
stringent (ˈstrindʒənt) adjective
(of rules etc) very strict, or strongly enforced. There should be much more stringent laws against the dropping of rubbish in the streets.
ˈstringently adverb
ˈstringency noun
1. the quality of being strict.
2. scarcity of money for lending etc. in times of stringency; (also adjective) The government are demanding stringency measures.
References in periodicals archive ?
No prizes for guessing who the Big Satan is but Iranians have always had a healthy respect for our duplicity and Britain's ability to pull strings behind the scenes.
The source said: "Cregan's barking orders, he still believes he can pull strings but the word coming back is people are not paying.
Obviously, they've made up, and were arm-in-arm as they arrived at Heathrow yesterday, in time for Sharon to pull strings for Kelly and her mates to see The X Factor.
The much-loved poet's consummate patriotism powers his genuine belief that all young men should be prepared to fight for the country they love, and he uses his influence to pull strings even though his brave son has been rejected by several military medical boards.