have (someone) on a string

Definition of have (someone) on a string

informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

stringplay
  1. :  something that resembles a string

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

    :  a plant fiber (as a leaf vein)

  1. :  to equip with strings

    :  to tune the strings of

    :  to make tense :  key up

  1. :  of or relating to stringed musical instruments


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