Pull-strings definitions

(intransitive, idiomatic) To manipulate a situation, especially by asking favours of others; to use one's influence with others to attain a desired goal.

He has the job not because of talent, but because his dad pulled strings with the boss.

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(intransitive, idiomatic, often with “the” or a possessive adjective (such as “his”) Before “strings”) To control a person, organization, or situation by operating behind the scenes, as a puppeteer controls a marionette.
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