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strings

  
     (figurative)  
catches     (informal)   complications, conditions, obligations, prerequisites, provisos, qualifications, requirements, riders, stipulations  
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string  
      n  
1    cord, fibre, twine  
2    chain, file, line, procession, queue, row, sequence, series, strand, succession  
      vb  
3    festoon, hang, link, loop, sling, stretch, suspend, thread  
4      (with)       out   disperse, extend, fan out, lengthen, protract, space out, spread out, straggle  


string along  
1      (often with)       with   agree, assent, collaborate, go along with  
2         string on    bluff, deceive, dupe, fool, hoax, kid     (informal)   play fast and loose with (someone)     (informal)   play (someone) false, put one over on (someone)     (informal)   take (someone) for a ride     (informal)  

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purse strings

  
  
If you say that someone holds or controls the purse strings, you mean that they control the way that money is spent in a particular family, group, or country.      n-plural   the N  
Women control the purse-strings of most families...     

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string     ( strings    plural & 3rd person present)   ( stringing    present participle)   ( strung    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   String is thin rope made of twisted threads, used for tying things together or tying up parcels.  
He held out a small bag tied with string., ...a shiny metallic coin on a string.     
2       n-count   A stringof things is a number of them on a piece of string, thread, or wire.  
usu N of n  
She wore a string of pearls around her neck., ...a string of fairy lights.     
3       n-count   A stringof places or objects is a number of them that form a line.  
usu sing, usu N of n  
The landscape is broken only by a string of villages..., A string of five rowing boats set out from the opposite bank.     
4       n-count   A stringof similar events is a series of them that happen one after the other.  
usu sing, usu N of n  
The incident was the latest in a string of attacks...     
5       n-count   The strings on a musical instrument such as a violin or guitar are the thin pieces of wire or nylon stretched across it that make sounds when the instrument is played.  
He went off to change a guitar string., ...a twenty-one-string harp.     
6       n-plural   Thestrings are the section of an orchestra which consists of stringed instruments played with a bow.  
oft N n  
The strings provided a melodic background to the passages played by the soloist..., There was a 20-member string section.     
7       n-count   In computing, a string is a particular series of letters, numbers, symbols, or spaces, for example a word or phrase that you want to search for in a document.  
8       verb   If you string something somewhere, you hang it up between two or more objects.  
He had strung a banner across the wall.      V n prep/adv  
      String up means the same as string., phrasal verb  
People were stringing up decorations on the fronts of their homes.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
9   
    highly strung  
    purse strings  
    second string  
    strung out  
10    If something is offered to you with no strings attached or with no strings, it is offered without any special conditions.  
no strings/no strings attached      phrase  
Aid should be given to developing countries with no strings attached., ...no-strings grants that last for five years.     
11    If you pull strings   , you use your influence with other people in order to get something done, often unfairly.      
pull strings             phrase   V inflects   string along      phrasal verb   If you string someone along, you deceive them by letting them believe you have the same desires, beliefs, or hopes as them.  
INFORMAL   She took advantage of him, stringing him along even after they were divorced.      V n P   string together      phrasal verb   If you string things together, you form something from them by adding them to each other, one at a time.  
As speech develops, the child starts to string more words together...      V n P  
The speaker strung together a series of jokes.      V P n (not pron)   string up      phrasal verb   To string someone up means to kill them by hanging them.  
INFORMAL   Guards rushed into his cell and strung him up.      V n P, Also V P n (not pron)  

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exp.
positive outburst of emotion; the final word in a string of lyrics by Michael Jackson.
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