One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Under one's control or influence.‘I keep all three men on a string and never make a choice’
- ‘Tom Scollay, who has had the ball on a string in recent times, fell, trapped in the gully by Adam Stockwell and bowled by Thomson.’
- ‘Yet it becomes obvious that she has his heart on a string.’
- ‘I want to be that girl from a few months ago who had the world on a string.’
- ‘As long as he can maintain that success rate and part suckers from their money, he has the world on a string.’
- ‘Leonardo DiCaprio looks amazingly like Hughes and uses his body language to signal Hughes' distress and unease even when he seemed to have the world on a string.’
- ‘Anyone can see that Nicholas is a puppet on a string.’
- ‘But if he prevented us from doing wrong then we'd be puppets on a string.’
- ‘They had Wilson on a string and brought Callaghan to book.’
- ‘He has got a better nerve than the rest and was just totally in control of his ball - he virtually had it on a string.’
- ‘Looking almost as young and lean as he did a decade ago, DiCaprio is astonishingly convincing as a gangly teenager who has the world on a string.’
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