pull strings
also pull wires phrasal to exert hidden influence or control

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pull strings — Ⅰ. pull strings ► also US pull wires) to use your power or influence to get what you want: »She became a journalist for one of the UK s top newspapers after her father pulled strings. Main Entry: ↑string Ⅱ. pull strings …   Financial and business terms

  • pull\ strings — • pull strings • pull wires v. phr. informal To secretly use influence and power, especially with people in charge or in important jobs to do or get something; make use of friends to gain your wishes. If you want to see the governor, Mr. Root can …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pull strings — If you pull strings, you use contacts you have got to help you get what you want …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pull strings — ► pull strings make use of one s influence to gain an advantage. Main Entry: ↑pull …   English terms dictionary

  • pull strings — index influence, lobby, manipulate (control unfairly) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pull strings — verb influence or control shrewdly or deviously He manipulated public opinion in his favor • Syn: ↑manipulate, ↑pull wires • Derivationally related forms: ↑manipulative (for: ↑manipulate), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull strings —    If you pull strings, you use contacts you have got to help you get what you want.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If someone pulls strings, they use influential friends in order to obtain an advantage.     David found a job easily his… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pull strings — or[pull wires] {v. phr.}, {informal} To secretly use influence and power, especially with people in charge or in important jobs to do or get something; make use of friends to gain your wishes. * /If you want to see the governor, Mr. Root can pull …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pull strings — or[pull wires] {v. phr.}, {informal} To secretly use influence and power, especially with people in charge or in important jobs to do or get something; make use of friends to gain your wishes. * /If you want to see the governor, Mr. Root can pull …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Pull strings —   If you pull strings, you use contacts you have got to help you get what you want …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • pull strings — secretly use influence and power He was able to pull some strings and get his son a job for the summer …   Idioms and examples

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