have (someone) on a string

idiom

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

Dictionary Entries Near have (someone) on a string

Cite this Entry

“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 22 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!