strings attached

strings attached

One or more conditions, restrictions, obligations, or arrangements that must be met for one to attain something that they desire. The Senate is willing to allow the bill to pass, but you can be sure that the final draft will have several strings attached. I want to help him, but I'm worried that there will be strings attached.
See also: attached, string

with strings attached

Having one or more special conditions, restrictions, obligations, or arrangements that must be met. The Republicans in the Senate are willing to allow the bill to pass, but with strings attached.
See also: attached, string

with strings attached

With some condition or limitation. This term originated simply as “a string” in the second half of the 1800s; “attached” was added a few decades later. Sandra Brown used it in her novel Alibi (1999): “His fantasy evening with the most exciting woman he had ever met not only came with strings attached, but those strings were probably going to form a noose that would ultimately hang him.” The term is also used in the negative, no strings attached, as in “They made a huge donation to the college with no strings attached; it was to be used however it was needed.”
See also: attached, string
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All fellows will receive a $500,000 "no strings attached" award over the next five years to further develop their talent.
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Mr Bolton, 51, of Abergele, has turned down an invitation to return to work because of strings attached.
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Heather Wakefield, national officer of Unison, said: "We have moved the offer significantly, including getting the employers to drop strings attached to the original 7%.
The unions are seeking an above-inflation pay rise and say there are too many strings attached to the proposed deal which would erode working conditions.
But the 4.8 million copies Linkin Park sold fell way short of the 7.9 million sold in 2000 by 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, reflecting a decline in music sales for 2001.
"Does the Republican Party want our votes - no strings attached - to court us every two years, and then to say, 'Don't call me.
But in his speech in the same event, Zhao assured government that China's grants 'do not have any strings attached.'