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1. To suspend someone or something aloft using a rope, string, cable, etc. In each usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "string" and "up." I'm playing an angel in our school play. They want to string me up from the rafters with a rope and have me come swooping into the scene. We used some fishing line to string up popcorn on the Christmas tree.
2. To fit strings onto a musical instrument. My dad taught me how to string up a guitar.
3. To piece something together coherently. I could still barely string up a single sentence in Japanese by the end of the class.
4. slang To kill someone by suspending them from a rope around the neck; to hang someone. 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.
1. Severely stressed, anxious, or emotional exhausted. Sorry for shouting at you, I'm just a bit strung up lately. I haven't been getting much sleep since our baby was born. I could tell she was really strung up from the heavy workload she'd taken on.
2. Experiencing the adverse effects of drug use or addiction, especially heroin. Even if you didn't see the track marks on his arm, you could tell he was strung up just by looking at his eyes. Jane's so strung up on pills that she can't even remember where she is.
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string someone up
to hang someone. The sheriff swore he would string Tex up whenever he caught him. He never strung up Tex.
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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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
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