Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pull some strings

pull strings
1) influence outcome or decision
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    • pull some strings to get the job
  • Analysis

    To 'pull some strings' means to exert influence over a situation or decision by taking advantage of connections or power in order to gain advantage unofficially or unfairly. This expression comes from the image of a puppeteer manipulating a marionette by literally pulling strings. If someone says 'I'll try to pull some strings' they mean they will try to help the situation from the inside.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Don't worry about it. My Dad will pull some strings in work and he'll get you the job.
    2. I got my place in college. My Uncle made a big donation and he pulled some strings for me.
    3. I don't think it's fair that you single me out. Sounds like someone else is pulling your strings!
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I was wondering if you might be able to pull some strings and organise a meeting between the head of the department and I?
    2. We don't usually offer a discount on this particular package but I'll see if I can pull some strings taking into consideration your loyalty to us over the past number of years.
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