with 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
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But wouldn't you know it, this deal is going to come with strings attached.
In fact, he says he'd be surprised to learn of a gift of more than $1 million that doesn't come with strings attached.
It's proof that gifts with strings attached may well be worth unwrapping.
MTA is not a private entity that has full discretionary authority over its funding; MTA's funds come with strings attached,'' she wrote.