English version

string something ↔ out

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstring something ↔ out phrasal verbinformalLONG TIME to make something continue longer than it should Rebel leaders attempted to string out negotiations to avoid reaching a settlement. string→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
string outThere was no point in stringing this out.Soon, that string will run out and the balloon tug itself free and be lost.He was playing with her emotions, stringing them out like a taut band that would snap at the slightest pressure.They strung the wash out on the wire, pressed clothespins at the end of each piece.He's not the only suspect, Phil has a string of enemies out to get him.
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Verb table
string
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theystring
he, she, itstrings
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theystrung
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave strung
he, she, ithas strung
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad strung
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill string
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have strung
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam stringing
he, she, itis stringing
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you, we, theyare stringing
Past
I, he, she, itwas stringing
you, we, theywere stringing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been stringing
he, she, ithas been stringing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been stringing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be stringing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been stringing
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