have (someone) on a string

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Definition of have (someone) on a string

informal
: to be able to make (someone) do anything one wants

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“Have (someone) on a string.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%20%28someone%29%20on%20a%20string. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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