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string someone/thing up

Definition of string someone/thing up in English:

1Hang something up on strings: electric globes had been strung up at intervals
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  • Another person backs them with felt and uses them as party drinks coasters and one retired gentleman strings them up in the garden to scare birds from his seeds and fruit.
  • Christmas cards were strung up, and we all pulled Christmas crackers and listened to the more melodious parts of my Christmas tape from home.
  • I stood at the front door, waving and smiling, and directing people towards the counter, instead of around the side to where decorations were strung up.
1.1Kill someone by hanging: I’d like to string up whoever is responsible for this outrage
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  • All the good folks of Stone Junction want to give the man over to the Indians to kill, or string him up themselves and deliver his corpse.
  • Named for the Bannock Indians, this was home of Sheriff Henry Plummer, who, with his gang of road agents, robbed and murdered miners for their gold before town vigilantes strung him up on January 10, 1864.
  • He was the man who liberated Berlin; he was beside the swinging body of Mussolini after the dictator was strung up; he was a Chindit with Wingate.
hang, lynch, gibbet
informal make swing
2 (be strung up) British informal Be tense or nervous: he was strung up about something and behaving oddly
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  • It wasn't until I had turned onto the hallway where my locker was that I found what everyone was strung up about.
  • Many of us - I know - I remember well - were strung up with tension at the point of giving our maiden speeches.
  • Speaking of music, she says music is what relaxes her when she is all strung up.
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