on the

on the string

Awaiting a decision. They told me they would call last week! How long am I going to be on the string?
See also: on, string

on the

barrel/barrelhead
Granting, giving, or requesting no credit: paid cash on the barrel for the car.
See also: on

on the

up-and-up/up and up Informal
Open and honest.
See also: on
References in classic literature ?
I have listened for hours to this most pertinacious pedlar (I wonder whether he is dead or has made a fortune), while sitting on the rail of the old Duke of S- (she's dead, poor thing
The cabmen, too, who twice a week, on the night when the A.
He used to go ashore every night to foregather in some hotel's parlour with his crony, the mate of the barque Cicero, lying on the other side of the Circular Quay.
She sat sobbing till the candle went out, and then, wearied, aching, stupefied with crying, threw herself on the bed without undressing and went to sleep.
But Hetty's was not a nature to face difficulties--to dare to loose her hold on the familiar and rush blindly on some unknown condition.
Na-a-y," said old Martin, with an elongation of the word, meant to make it bitter as well as negative, while he leaned forward and looked down on the floor.
156: But Hesiod says that he changed himself in one of his wonted shapes and perched on the yoke-boss of Heracles' horses, meaning to fight with the hero; but that Heracles, secretly instructed by Athena, wounded him mortally with an arrow.
221: That this tribe (the Pelasgi) were from Arcadia, Ephorus states on the authority of Hesiod; for he says: `Sons were born to god- like Lycaon whom Pelasgus once begot.
Fragment #36 -- Apollonius Dyscolus (28), On the Pronoun, p.
CURSED BE HE THAT STRUCK FRIAR SANDELO A BLOW ON THE PATE!
Hangin' on the verge of starvation,' I says--'for the honor of the family--hic--sen' me some bread.
Then Freddie gave a number on the Lake Shore Drive, and the carriage started away.
They were out on the waterfront, and from the east a freezing gale was blowing off the ice-bound lake.
So he gives up altogether the lower and middle parts of the form, and looks round in despair at the boys on the top bench, to see if there is one out of whom he can strike a spark or two, and who will be too chivalrous to murder the most beautiful utterances of the most beautiful woman of the old world.
Next moment he is reassured by the spirited tone in which Arthur begins construing, and betakes himself to drawing dogs' heads in his notebook, while the master, evidently enjoying the change, turns his back on the middle bench and stands before Arthur, beating a sort of time with his hand and foot, and saying; "Yes, yes," "Very well," as Arthur goes on.