have (someone) on a string

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of have (someone) on a string

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

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

string play
  1. : a cord usually used to bind, fasten, or tie

  2. : something that resembles a string

  3. : a cord (such as a tendon or ligament) of an animal body

  1. : to equip with strings

  2. : to tune the strings of

  3. : to make tense : key up

  1. : of or relating to stringed musical instruments


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