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pull the string

In baseball, to throw a pitch at a lower speed than that of a fastball, known as an "off-speed pitch." After throwing fastballs all game, the pitcher caught the star batter off guard by pulling the string, striking him out.
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pull the string

Baseball To throw an off-speed pitch.
See also: pull, string
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Pulling the string's tail safely opens the carton, allowing quick access to the goods inside and preventing possible damage to products inside or personnel using traditional opening methods that are a potential safety hazard.
The sloppy follow-through can be caused by either dropping the shooting arm too soon or "pulling the string" - a pulling back or jerking, on the follow-through.
They slipped further behind when two Catalan penalties made it 10-20, but then, with Rooney pulling the string, clicked into gear and ran in five unanswered tries.
Unlike last year, Tottenham are planning a summer of transfer activity - and Pochettino wants Hitchin pulling the strings.
This shouldn't be allowed to detract from a good Raploch Hearts performance with Ross Hilson pulling the strings in midfield and some clinical finishes up front.
The "naAaAaAeA ve" group was then allowed to observe, from a distance, t trained bees while they were pulling the strings. It was seen that almost 60 percent of them were able to learn the skill successfully through observation.
Barney is joined by the usual suspects: former SAS operative Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), martial arts master Yin Yang (Jet Li), weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), demolitions expert Toll Road (Randy Couture) and combat veteran Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) but when the team infiltrates the island ruled by the general, Barney and the gang soon discover that Gaza isn't the only enemy there: rogue CIA agent Monroe (Eric Roberts) and his hulking bodyguard Paine are pulling the strings.
Johansen will be tasked with pulling the strings in midfield against a side Norway haven't lost to in the last nine meetings.
I feel like I'm totally out of control and he's pulling the strings.
He won three Premier League titles and the FA Cup four times, but Arsenal have not landed a trophy since his days pulling the strings in north London.
It is not easy to be a puppet in the hands of somebody else, who is pulling the strings, in his case Monika Yosifova.aBorisov, former prime minister and leader of the center-right GERB party, spoke from the parliamentary rostrum during the debates over the presidential veto of the budget revision.
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MP Mark Pawsey is bound to know that while we have MPs in Parliament such as Tim Yeo, chair of the Commons Energy and Climate Select Committee, pulling the strings on green energy subsidies and being paid as a consultant by foreign businesses, is it any wonder wind farms will go up, irrespective of what the public say?
They are looking particularly strong in the final third with Raul pulling the strings and Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on fire - scoring seven goals in the last four games.
THE more you watch Everton, the more it becomes obvious they need someone pulling the strings in midfield.
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