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apron string

  • noun (usually used in the plural) a cord used to tie an apron at the waist
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A"pron string`
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  1. The string of an apron.
    He was so made that he could not submit to be tied to the apron strings even of the best of wives. Macaulay.
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bowed stringed instrument

  • noun stringed instruments that are played with a bow
    string.
    • the strings played superlatively well
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cosmic string

  • noun (cosmology) a hypothetical one-dimensional subatomic particle having a concentration of energy and the dynamic properties of a flexible loop
    string.
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drawing string

  • noun a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening
    drawstring; string.
    • he pulled the drawstring and closed the bag
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first-string

  • adjective satellite of members of a team; not substitutes
  • adjective satellite being a regular member of a team
    • first-string players
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g-string

  • noun minimal clothing worn by stripteasers; a narrow strip of fabric that covers the pubic area, passes between the thighs, and is supported by a waistband
    thong.
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high-strung

  • adjective satellite being in a tense state
    jumpy; edgy; uptight; high-strung; jittery; restive; nervy; overstrung.
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High"-strung` adjective
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  1. Strung to a high pitch; spirited; sensitive; as, a high-strung horse.
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highly strung

  • adjective satellite being in a tense state
    jumpy; edgy; uptight; high-strung; jittery; restive; nervy; overstrung.
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Leading strings

  • strings by which children are supported when beginning to walk.
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linguistic string

  • noun a linear sequence of words as spoken or written
    string of words; linguistic string.
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Na"vel-string` noun
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  1. The umbilical cord.
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pull strings

  • verb influence or control shrewdly or deviously
    pull wires; manipulate.
    • He manipulated public opinion in his favor
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purse string

  • noun a drawstring used to close the mouth of a purse
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purse-string operation

  • noun a surgical procedure in which a suture is used to close the cervix in a pregnant woman; is performed when the cervix has failed to retain previous pregnancies
    Shirodkar's operation.
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second string

  • noun a squad of players that are available either individually or as a team to relieve or replace the players who started the game
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second-string

  • adjective satellite being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team
    • a second-string pitcher
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shoe string

  • noun a small amount of money
    shoestring.
    • he managed it on a shoestring
  • noun a lace used for fastening shoes
    shoelace; shoestring; shoe lace.
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string along

  • verb move or come along
    string.
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String band

  • (Mus.), a band of musicians using only, or chiefly, stringed instruments.
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string bass

  • noun largest and lowest member of the violin family
    bass viol; bass fiddle; contrabass; bull fiddle; double bass.
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string bean

  • noun green beans with strings that must be removed
    string bean.
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String beans

  • noun green beans with strings that must be removed
    string bean.
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  • . (a) A dish prepared from the unripe pods of several kinds of beans; so called because the strings are stripped off . (b) Any kind of beans in which the pods are used for cooking before the seeds are ripe; usually, the low bush bean.
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string cheese

  • noun cheese formed in long strings twisted together
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string line

  • noun line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game
    baulk-line; balkline.
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string of beads

  • noun several beads threaded together on a string
    beads.
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string of words

  • noun a linear sequence of words as spoken or written
    string of words; linguistic string.
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string orchestra

  • noun an orchestra playing only stringed instruments
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string out

  • verb set out or stretch in a line, succession, or series
    spread out.
    • the houses were strung out in a long row
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string quartet

  • noun an instrumental quartet with 2 violins and a viola and a cello
    string quartet.
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string quartette

  • noun an instrumental quartet with 2 violins and a viola and a cello
    string quartet.
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string section

  • noun the section of an orchestra that plays stringed instruments
    strings.
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string theory

  • noun (particle physics) a theory that postulates that subatomic particles are one-dimensional strings
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string tie

  • noun a very narrow necktie usually tied in a bow
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string up

  • verb kill by hanging
    hang.
    • The murderer was hanged on Friday
  • verb add as if on a string
    string.
    • string these ideas together
    • string up these songs and you'll have a musical
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stringed instrument

  • noun a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
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strung-out

  • adjective satellite addicted to a drug
    dependent; hooked; drug-addicted; dependant.
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To be in leading strings

  • to be in a state of infancy or dependence, or under the guidance of others.
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To be tied to a wife's or mother's apron strings

  • to be unduly controlled by a wife or mother.
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To harp on one string

  • to dwell upon one subject with disagreeable or wearisome persistence. Collog.
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To have two strings to one's bow

  • to have a means or expedient in reserve in case the one employed fails.
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word string

  • noun a linear sequence of words as spoken or written
    string of words; linguistic string.
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