Definition of Pull strings

1. Verb. Influence or control shrewdly or deviously. "He manipulated public opinion in his favor"

Exact synonyms: Manipulate, Pull Wires
Generic synonyms: Act Upon, Influence, Work
Derivative terms: Manipulation, Manipulative



Definition of Pull strings

1. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic) To manipulate a situation, especially by asking favours of others; to use one's influence with others to attain a desired goal. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic often with ''“the”'' or a possessive adjective (such as ''“his”'') before ''“strings”'') To control a person, organization, or situation by operating behind the scenes, as a puppeteer controls a marionette. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pull Strings

pull out of the fire
pull out of the hat
pull over
pull punches
pull quote
pull quotes
pull rank
pull round
pull somebody's leg
pull someone's bacon out of the fire
pull someone's chestnuts out of the fire
pull someone's fat out of the fire
pull someone's leg
pull someone down a peg
pull station
pull strings (current term)
pull teeth
pull the fat out of the fire
pull the fire alarm
pull the leg of
pull the other leg
pull the other one, it's got bells on
pull the plug
pull the reins in on someone
pull the reins in on something
pull the rug out from under someone
pull the string
pull the trigger
pull the wool over somebody's eyes
pull the wool over someone's eyes

Literary usage of Pull strings

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Autobiography of Thomas Collier Platt: With Twenty Portraits in Sepia by Thomas Collier Platt, Louis Jay Lang (1910)
"The popular idea that in order to be a successful political leader, or a boss, one must possess ability to pull strings while puppets dance, is most absurd. ..."

2. The Bookman (1895)
"It is more convenient to dress up models of abstractions, pull strings to make them move in the proper direction, chop up theories into fairly short ..."

3. All Adventure: Child of Storm/A Tale of Three Lions by H. Rider Haggard (2001)
"Yes, yes, I know how to pull strings till the trap falls, and to blow grass until the flame catches it, and how to puff at that flame until it burns the ..."

4. Port Arthur: A Monster Heroism by Richard Hayes Barry (1905)
"Kodama went and raised Formosa from savagery to commerce and prosperity. He could have been Prime Minister. " No," he said. " I would rather pull strings ..."

5. Port Arthur: A Monster Heroism by Richard Hayes Barry (1905)
"I would rather pull strings than be one of the strings to be pulled. Russia is peeking up over the border. Let us prepare. Give me a desk in the War Office. ..."

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