Pull Strings Meaning
(intransitive, idiomatic, often with â€œtheâ€ or a possessive adjective (such as â€œhisâ€) before â€œstringsâ€) To control a person, organization, or situation by operating behind the scenes, as a puppeteer controls a marionette.
Example: He has the job not because of talent, but because his dad pulled strings with the boss.
1986, Metallica (music), â€œMaster of Puppetsâ€ (song), in Master of Puppets (album):
Master of Puppets, I'm pulling your strings
1992, Richard Berke, "The 1992 Campaign: Political Memo," New York Times, 3 April (retrieved 18 July 2010):
Mr. Brown is touchy about accusations that he is a packaged candidate, and bristles at the suggestion that Mr. Caddell pulls his strings.
2003, Michael Elliott et al., "The War That Never Ends," Time, 7 July:
"It may have begun that way," says a senior Pentagon official, "but as these attacks grow more numerous, you get the sense that there's someone pulling the strings at a higher level."
2011 September 29, Jon Smith, â€œTottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Roversâ€, BBC Sport:
But with the lively Dos Santos pulling the strings behind strikers Pavlyuchenko and Defoe, Spurs controlled the first half without finding the breakthrough their dominance deserved.