The question was whether they could ever be mended and restrung.
He restrung the alarm, then took his catch into the cabin to examine.
The ring with the keys was passed over, and Randy and Jack restrung their fish.
"See here," he said, when he had restrung his nerves a little.
It's his nerves that are gone, and we'll have him restrung with new wires, like an old piano, in a week.
It was restrung for her, and was once before for her mother.
For no reason whatever he was restrung by a sense of waiting for something—as if something were going to happen.
The moon was coming up, and Phil brought out Mrs. Ware's old guitar, which he had restrung for the occasion.
I said I had no racquet except the one I had used for landing trout in the spring, and they told me I could get it restrung.
Her radio set was moved back to her room and she restrung 117 the wires and connected up the receiver without help from anybody.
Old English streng "line, cord, thread," from Proto-Germanic *strangiz (cf. Old Norse strengr, Danish streng, Middle Dutch strenge, Dutch streng, Old High German strang, German Strang "rope, cord"), from *strang- "taut, stiff," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain). Gradually restricted by early Middle English to lines that are smaller than a rope. Sense of "a number of objects arranged in a line" first recorded late 15c.
Old English meaning "ligaments, tendons" is preserved in hamstring, heartstrings. Meaning "limitations, stipulations" (1888) is American English, probably from the common April Fool's joke of leaving a purse that looks full of money on the sidewalk, then tugging it away with an attached string when someone stoops to pick it up. To pull strings "control the course of affairs" (1860) is from the notion of puppet theater. First string, second string, etc. in athletics (1863) is from archers' custom of carrying spare bowstrings in the event that one breaks. Strings "stringed instruments" is attested from mid-14c. String bean is from 1759; string bikini is from 1974.
c.1400, "to fit a bow with a string," from string (n.). Meaning "to thread (beads, etc.) on a string" is from 1610s. To string (someone) along is slang from 1902; string (v.) in this sense is attested in British dialect from c.1812.
To succeed: I worked at the problem eight days before I struck oil (1866+)