Roy saluted the officer, and drew a deep breath as he tried to string up his nerves till they were stretched like a bow.
Want it to string up one of the dubs in case we get our hooks on the same?
If you know how to do it you can lift your string up with one hand, and scoop the net under the crab with the other.
Round in all the bucks and string up the Beaver for an object lesson.
But if a string is attached to one end it may be unfastened by pulling the string up through the gimlet hole in the door.
string up a few of them, and the others will trouble you no more.
string up a little of the chocolate on top and twirl with the fingers to give that twist that is found on most bought creams.
At all times, place the hammer on the pin as far as it will go, and strike the key while drawing a string up.
But the dull sky and the stormy sea suited his mood, and seemed to string up the relaxed tension of his nerves.
It was an easy matter to run the ropes through the eyelets of the canvas, and string up the shelter to handy tree trunks.
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+)