to pull strings

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pull strings

"to pull strings"

to use your influence in order to get something or to help someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pull strings

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How did Frank ever get that job? He is definitely not qualified.

Colleague 2:  He has friends in high places who pulled a few strings for him.

Colleague 1:  Must be nice to have connections that can manipulate the situation to one's advantage.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pull strings

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  There is no way we are going to get seats for the concert. It has been sold out for weeks.

Friend 2:  Don't you have a friend who works for the band?

Friend 1:  I do.

Friend 2:  Couldn't you ask her to pull some strings and get us some tickets?

Friend 1:  I suppose I could ask but I don't like asking for too many favors.

to pull strings - Usage:


to pull strings - Gerund Form:

Pulling some strings to help get your friend a job is a good thing.

to pull strings - Examples:

1)  The opposition and western powers worry that Kabila is pulling strings to keep his post as head of state.

2)  If Harper is still pulling strings in the Senate, Conservative senators will oppose Bill C-14.

3)  ... it's a charade all run by the big men, negotiating and pulling strings behind the scenes, ...

4)  Many even claimed that she got the audition because "daddy dearest" pulled some strings.

5)  I believe the Ambassador pulled some strings to allow these guys to return home without prosecution, ...

6)  ... transfer to Shanghai for the remainder of his enlistment. His superior officers pulled some strings... and he was on his way.

7)  ... has enough cash to pull some strings, especially if someone at the passport office harbours dreams of pop stardom. 

8)  Fortunately a young lady in the hotel was able to pull some strings and got me to Paris.

9)  William could probably pull some strings and get out of going.

10)  By pulling some strings, he was able to place the infant in an adoption agency.

11)  ... being out of the cockpit for more than a decade, he pulled a few strings and was able to get behind the stick of a Boeing 777 full flight simulator ...

12)  ... also happened to have a friend among the Facebook higher ups who pulled a few strings and hastened the process.

13)  A friend pulled a few strings and she got the job as his cook in 1992, ...

14)  The England management were initially skeptical, but he pulled a few strings and got the gig.

15)  The accused said he would pull a few strings "to get me out of the trouble I was in" and she thanked ...

16)  ... organisers had to pull a few strings to get Pogues singer Shane McGowan into Australia for the festival. 

17)  You sometimes need to pull a few strings, have some references and only then are the experts willing to take your child ...

18)  ... tried the sneaky approach and asked Brian May if he could possibly pull a few strings for us? 

19)  I hope they'll be able to pull a few strings to let it happen.

20)  Those families could have pulled strings to ensure their sons stayed out of combat.