Definition of string someone/something up in English:

string someone/something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Hang something up on strings.

    ‘electric globes had been strung up at intervals’
    • ‘As he spoke, the both of them saw Christmas lights that were strung up in trees on the side of the highway.’
    • ‘How about in each corner, the lights of that holiday can be strung up?’
    • ‘They may be strung up to dry in the sun and wind, or sliced and laid out on rooftops to dry.’
    • ‘Washing is strung up between the arches of an aqueduct.’
    • ‘Buy a hammock and string it up in your apartment.’
    • ‘Another person backs them with felt and uses them as party drinks coasters and one retired gentleman strings them up in the garden to scare birds from his seeds and fruit.’
    • ‘Christmas cards were strung up, and we all pulled Christmas crackers and listened to the more melodious parts of my Christmas tape from home.’
    • ‘I stood at the front door, waving and smiling, and directing people towards the counter, instead of around the side to where decorations were strung up.’
    • ‘A huge banner, which was painted in the Gampingan courtyard over three weeks, was strung up in Victoria Square, central Adelaide.’
    • ‘There was a painting of a mermaid on one wall, another was covered in ‘seaweed’ and paper lanterns were strung up along all of the walls, casting a warm shadow.’
    1. 1.1 Kill someone by hanging.
      ‘I'd like to string up whoever is responsible for this outrage’
      • ‘Named for the Bannock Indians, this was home of Sheriff Henry Plummer, who, with his gang of road agents, robbed and murdered miners for their gold before town vigilantes strung him up on January 10, 1864.’
      • ‘They might have strung him up on ‘corrupting the public morals charges,’ or something.’
      • ‘The Tories were all shouting, ‘Hang him, string him up’.’
      • ‘All the good folks of Stone Junction want to give the man over to the Indians to kill, or string him up themselves and deliver his corpse.’
      • ‘No chance of that when he has already been condemned by the media and the Tory party as effectively guilty of murdering Dr Kelly, and when there is nothing but foot-stamping impatience at the tiresome delay before stringing him up.’
      • ‘That wouldn't have happened if they had strung the bitch up in the first place.’
      • ‘They were going to string him up and drop him with a noose around his neck on January 6, 2000.’
      • ‘He was jailed for six months five weeks ago after a court heard how he strung the dogs up by their leads until they choked to death.’
      • ‘He was the man who liberated Berlin; he was beside the swinging body of Mussolini after the dictator was strung up; he was a Chindit with Wingate.’
      • ‘Omar and 12 of his students drove down to Spin Boldak and, depending on the version of the story, either ran the offending commander out of town or strung him up.’
      hang, lynch, gibbet
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  • 2be strung upBritish informal Be tense or nervous.

    ‘he was strung up about something and behaving oddly’
    • ‘Speaking of music, she says music is what relaxes her when she is all strung up.’
    • ‘It wasn't until I had turned onto the hallway where my locker was that I found what everyone was strung up about.’
    • ‘Many of us - I know - I remember well - were strung up with tension at the point of giving our maiden speeches.’
    tense, nervous, on edge, edgy, overwrought, jumpy, keyed up, worked up, agitated, restive
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