pull the strings

pull the strings
to be in control of an organization, often secretly.

I'd really like to know who's pulling the strings in that organization, because it's not the elected committee.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • pull the strings — Ⅰ. pull the strings ► the person who pulls the strings in a particular organization, situation, etc. makes the important decisions about it and controls it: »Shareholders are concerned because they no longer really know who is pulling the strings …   Financial and business terms

  • pull the strings — phrase if someone is pulling the strings, they are controlling a situation and the people in it, especially secretly It’s the record company, not the band, that is really pulling the strings. Thesaurus: to be in chargesynonym Main entry: pull * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull the strings — ► pull the strings be in control of events or of other people s actions. Main Entry: ↑pull …   English terms dictionary

  • pull the strings — index predominate (command) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pull the strings — if someone is pulling the strings, they are controlling a situation and the people in it, especially secretly It s the record company, not the band, that is really pulling the strings …   English dictionary

  • pull the strings — be in control of events or of other people s actions. → pull …   English new terms dictionary

  • pull the strings — control the situation from behind the scenes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Pull My Strings — was a song by the Dead Kennedys, written by DK lead singer Jello Biafra and drummer Ted specifically for the 1980 Bay Area Music Awards. The song would not find its way onto a record until 1987 s Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death .The song,… …   Wikipedia

  • pull the string(s) (to) —  Track a problem to resolution; manage, control.  ► “Future graduates of Ecole Nationale d’Administration . . . manage big companies, and pull the strings of the centralized economy” (Business Week, Nov. 18, 1994, p. 31) …   American business jargon

  • pull the wires — To pull strings, exert an unseen influence • • • Main Entry: ↑wire …   Useful english dictionary

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