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Pull strings   /pʊl strɪŋz/   Listen
Pull strings

Influence or control shrewdly or deviously.  Synonyms: manipulate, pull wires.

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"Pull strings" Quotes from Famous Books

... mean that they were not entirely respectable. Beryl Van Tuyn was clever, beautiful, had plenty of money. As a diplomatist's wife, when she had settled down, she would be quite in her element. After some anxious thought he decided that it was his duty to try to pull strings. ...
— December Love • Robert Hichens

... flute without a sigh causing him to blow discordantly into the holes of the instrument. Peggy vowing that she would not marry a parson, he had no rivals. He knew not even the pinpricks of jealousy. Peggy liked him. At first she delighted in him as in a new and animated toy. She could pull strings and the figure worked amazingly and amusingly. He proved himself to be a useful toy, too. He was at her beck all day long. He ran on errands, he fetched and carried. Peggy realized blissfully that she owned him. ...
— The Rough Road • William John Locke

Words linked to "Pull strings" :   work, act upon, influence

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