Pull Some Strings

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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.

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