1. a hoax, a fraud [string (along) v. (1a)].
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Life in London (1869) 202: His plausibility of attack is generally so well managed, that strangers are got ‘into a string’ before they are aware of their danger.|
|Bk of Sports 3: It was a perfect treat to hear him get the johnny raws ‘in a string’.|
|Paul Pry 13 Nov. n.p.: [S]he ought to be ashamed of herself for attempting to commit bigamy, having got a young fellow into a tidy string.|
|‘Pertaters and Ternups’ in Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 92: Of course Mabe was innocent of the ‘string’.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 19 Jan. 2/7: Mrs O'Brien [...] thinking Jones only wanted to ‘get her in a string,’ [...] treated him with sovereign contempt.|
|Sandburrs 110: Of course it’s a dead case of string.‘The Rat’ in|
|N.Y. Tribune 13 Jan. 15/2: He must be an orginal old Rube — just you watch me get him ona string.|
|Truth (Perth) 1 Oct. 4/7: The ‘finger’ who will get you / ‘On a string’ / Is a ‘josser’ who has likely / ‘Had a fling’ .|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Aug. Red Page/1: Then sittin’ tight w’en darncin’s ud its fling, / En kiddin’ to yerself yer jist the one – / Until some screwin’, crook son uv a gun / The cliner grabs, en’ show yer’ve ’ad a string.|
2. (US Und.) a form of confidence trick.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Sept. 26/1: A hardshell Gospel-purveyer has had the Briagolong (Gippsland, Vic.) people on the baptism-by-water string.|
|Chimmie Fadden 4: Say, I could have give him a string bout me being a hard-working boy, but I knowed de lady was dead on t’ me.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 204: When I begin on a string I like to play it out.|
|Und. Sewer 208: She keeps him on the string, and exchanges ‘con’ for coin until he is badly bent, if not broke.|
|(con. 1905–25) Professional Thief (1956) 69: Many other short-con games have been played, including the gold-brick, the sick engineer, the glim-dropper, dropping the fiddle, the gaffed chiv, the strap, the string (a variation of the string), the two red aces (a card game), and the match box.|
3. in racing, the finishing line.
|Sun (NY) 9 Sept. 3/2: He’ll sail down to the string like a Cingalese tea bark.|
4. (US Und.) a fuse, as used for detonation when ‘blowing’ a safe.
|How I Became a Detective 95: String – Fuse.|
|Vocab. Criminal Sl.|
|Wash. Post 11 Nov. Misc. 3/6: ‘String’ in the argot of the road, is translated into fuse.|
|Keys to Crookdom 419: String. Fuse used by yeggs in safeblowing.|
|DAUL 214/1: String. (Obs.) 1. Fuse for exploding percussion cap in safe burglary. 2. The lead wire from the electric socket to the percussion cap in safe burglary.et al.|
5. (also string of ponies) a group of prostitutes working for a single pimp [SE string, a set or stud of horses].
|DAUL 214/1: String of hustlers. A group of prostitutes operating for the same house or syndicate. ‘Broadway Al’s got a string of hustlers. That’s where his dough comes from.’.et al.|
|in Sweet Daddy 9: I’ve had chicks on my string – hardly ever had themselves a piece.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 1168/1: string of ponies A ‘stable’ of prostitutes ‘owned’ by one man [...] since ca. 1925.|
6. (US) the penis; thus string and nuggets, the penis and testicles.
|Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1973) 27: I undressed [...] and began dabbing at the string and knobs.|
|EliteFitness.com Forum 26 Aug. [Internet] strap / stretcher / string and nuggets / stud.|
see separate entry.
see separate entry.
see off the chain under chain n.
in pursuit, usu. amorously.
|Verses and Jingles (1911) 5: He had a young professor on the string; / He used to send her flowers.‘College Widow’|
see sense 5 above.