ENGLISH TIPS – To pull strings
“Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”
Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was a five-star general in the United States Army and the 34th President of the United States, from 1953 until 1961, and the last to be born in the 19th century.
– To control the actions of a person or group, often secretly.
If someone says that they are going to pull some strings, then you know that it might help something happen. The phrase meaning, as it does, that they will try and get something done through a particular series of actions that often includes calling in some favours.
The phrase would appear to come from the world of entertainment, like a great number of phrases, and relate to the great art of puppetry.
Just like the puppeteer pulled the strings to make things happen for the puppet, so the person who metaphorically pulls some strings does something similar to get something done elsewhere.
– “He manipulated public opinion in his favor.”
– “I’d like to know who’s pulling the strings in that organization, because it’s not the elected committee.”
– “He wanted to make his own decision, with no one pulling his strings.”
– “I may be able to pull a few strings for you if you need the document urgently.”