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1. Literally, to connect a series of things together on or like a string. A noun or pronoun can be used between "string" and "together." Help me string these letters together for Sarah's "Happy Birthday" sign. The children strung together flowers into rudimentary wreaths.
2. To compose, assemble, or arrange something in a series, especially in a quick, sloppy, or haphazard manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "string" and "together." Just because you can string together a pretentious, academic-sounding words doesn't make you a scholar. Their presentation was just a bunch of random photos strung together.
3. To create something by assembling or arranging something in a series, especially in a quick, sloppy, or haphazard manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "string" and "together." They began to worry when their son turned six and could still barely string a sentence together. You can tell he just strung together the report from a bunch of different financial statements at the last minute.
string something together
to connect things, such as beads, together, as with string. I spent all afternoon stringing beads together. My pearls broke and I had to take them to a jeweler to have them strung together again.
Compose, assemble, as in There's more to devising an effective slogan than stringing together some words. This expression alludes to threading beads on a string. [First half of 1800s]
1. To arrange something in a string or series: This sentence makes no sense—you've just strung a bunch of words together at random! They worked all night stringing the flowers together to make those garlands.
2. To produce something by arranging in a string or series: I was able to string together a flimsy excuse for my chronic lateness. How do you expect to be a successful lawyer when you can barely string an argument together?