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string (one) up
To kill someone by hanging them from their neck. The sheriff told us he'd string us all up if we ever showed our faces in town again. My great-great-grandfather was strung up for his involvement in the rebellion.
string someone up
to hang someone. The sheriff swore he would string Tex up whenever he caught him. He never strung up Tex.
Hang; also, kill by hanging. For example, They strung up their Christmas lights in October, or The mob wanted to string him up on the nearest tree. [Early 1800s]
1. To hang something by a string: All of the neighbors on my street string up the flag in their front yards. The Christmas lights look great—how long did it take to string them up?
2. To equip something with a string: They strung up their fishing rods and headed to the lake to catch some trout. I just bought my first guitar, but I don't know how to string it up or tune it. The band couldn't start the set on time because the fiddle player needed a few minutes to string up.
3. To kill someone by hanging: Do you know what we do to traitors here?—We string them up! The accused murderer was strung up without a fair trial.