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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Language: Old English
Origin: streng

string

1 noun
     
string
string1 S3 W2
1

thread

[uncountable and countable]D a strong thread made of several threads twisted together, used for tying or fastening things [↪ rope]:
Her key hung on a string around her neck.
a ball of string
I need a piece of string to tie this package.
2

group/series

[countable]
a) a number of similar things or events coming one after another [= series]
string of
a string of hit albums
b) a group of similar things
string of
She owns a string of health clubs.
c) technicalTD a group of letters, words, or numbers, especially in a computer program
3

no strings (attached)

having no special conditions or limits on an agreement, relationship etc:
The policy offers 15% interest with no strings attached.
4

string of pearls/lights/beads etc

DCJDF several objects of the same type connected with a thread, chain etc
5

music

a) [countable]APM one of the long thin pieces of wire, nylon etc that is stretched across a musical instrument and produces sound
b)

the strings/the string section

APM the people in an orchestra or band who play musical instruments that have strings, such as violins
6

first-string/second-string etc

relating to or being a member of a team or group with the highest, second highest etc level of skill:
a first-string quarterback
7

have somebody on a string

informal to be able to make someone do whatever you want:
Susie has her mother on a string.
8

have more than one string to your bow

British English to have more than one skill, idea, plan etc that you can use if you need to
G-string

; ➔ how long is a piece of string?

at long1 (9)

; ➔ pull strings

at pull1 (8)

; ➔ pull the/somebody's strings

at pull1 (9)

; ➔ the purse strings

at purse1 (5)
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