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Want it to string up one of the dubs in case we get our hooks on the same?

Round in all the bucks and string up the Beaver for an object lesson.

String up a few of them, and the others will trouble you no more.

But the dull sky and the stormy sea suited his mood, and seemed to string up the relaxed tension of his nerves.

In a general mix-up, we'll be in it together, and there ain't no law to string up the whole push.

Now with a steady and gradual pull, with the heel of the hand against some stationary part, bring the string up slowly.

At all times, place the hammer on the pin as far as it will go, and strike the key while drawing a string up.

It was an easy matter to run the ropes through the eyelets of the canvas, and string up the shelter to handy tree trunks.

En my blessed, de yard would be black wid us chillun all string up dere next de door step lookin up in dey eyes.

You string up your resolution to despise the world, and, take my word for it, the world pays you off at last.


Old English streng "line, cord, thread," from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cf. Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, German Strang "rope, cord"), from *strang- "taut, stiff," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain). Gradually restricted by early Middle English to lines that are smaller than a rope. Sense of "a number of objects arranged in a line" first recorded late 15c.

Old English meaning "ligaments, tendons" is preserved in hamstring, heartstrings. Meaning "limitations, stipulations" (1888) is American English, probably from the common April Fool's joke of leaving a purse that looks full of money on the sidewalk, then tugging it away with an attached string when someone stoops to pick it up. To pull strings "control the course of affairs" (1860) is from the notion of puppet theater. First string, second string, etc. in athletics (1863) is from archers' custom of carrying spare bowstrings in the event that one breaks. Strings "stringed instruments" is attested from mid-14c. String bean is from 1759; string bikini is from 1974.



verbkill by suspension from a rope
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.