Why, it strung along till dawn begun to break, and still he never come.
Coal-mining camps 251 are strung along from one end of the creek to the other.
These lumber yards are strung along the river, but are easily reached by an electric car.
The city is strung along the harbor for more than two miles.
Strings of red peppers were strung along each of the walls, with here and there bunches of popcorn in the ears.
They were strung along the aisle and there were a great many women on the steps.
It consists of four or five swellings, or ganglia, strung along, one beyond another.
To the west the combes were very high, strung along towards Taunton in heaps.
Behind the terminal town real estate disappointments, like beads, were strung along the cord of rails.
Apparently fifty to a hundred Confederates were strung along the fence (M) firing at us.
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+)