string-pulling

string-pulling

n
the use of one's influence with other people to get things done, often unfairly
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Translations

string-pulling

[ˈstrɪŋˌpʊlɪŋ] Nenchufismo m
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In a Croatia team that has thrilled the tournament, Modric has been A-another outstanding performer here, continuing in the same string-pulling form that was too much for Liverpool in that A-Champions League final.
In a Croatian team that has thrilled the tournament, Modric has been another outstanding performer here, continuing in the same string-pulling form that was too much for Liverpool in the Champions League Final.
That is why when Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson gets the nod ahead of Tottenham's Eric Dier, it will be based on his season's body of work rather than this tidy, string-pulling effort.
Chittka added: "We are exploring this through modelling information processing in parts of the insect brain, and we find that often, exceedingly difficult tasks, for example in visual pattern recognition or floral scent learning, can be solved with extremely simple neural circuits. We are still a long way from understanding the required neural circuitry for string-pulling, however."
The BBC hasn't the guts to go against the string-pulling business bosses who want to profit from those in most need in our communities Peter Walters Dyffryn, Newport
Strike centre Mark Percival, who scored 14 points in the previous win at Wigan, is injured and string-pulling scrum-half Luke Walsh is suspended along with forward Luke Thompson.
Crony capitalism-or 'rent-seeking,' as economists call it-shades from string-pulling to bribery.
Believable characters and multiple points of view are assets; however, several critics felt that Maguire overdoes the string-pulling omniscient narration this time.
Even with the scene's gratuitous realism, it's the one natural moment in the otherwise schematic "The Judge.'' As it is, the considerable appeal of seeing two fine actors as perfectly opposite each other like Duvall and Downey -- one a rigid old cowboy, the other a manic pinball -- is limited by the film's ceaseless heart string-pulling. This is a movie that uses Bon Iver's mawkish "Holocene'' -- the cheapest of ploys -- not once, but twice.
He said: "I'm disappointed the Accounts Commission have failed to investigate the string-pulling from Holyrood which was a major contribution to the problem." But the SNP said: "Instead of attacking the Accounts Commission, the Lib Dems would be far better served by learning the lessons this report offers."
Watching the crow, says Russell Gray, one of the researchers behind the string-pulling experiment, "people say, 'Wow, it had a flash of insight.'" At first glance it seems Zola mentally worked through the problem as a human might, devising a solution in an aha moment.
His constant support and advice throughout - not-to-mention his string-pulling - has been immense.