Meaning of “pull strings” in the English Dictionary

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"pull strings" in British English

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pull strings

C2 to secretly use the influence you have over important people in order to get something or to help someone:

I may be able to pull a few strings if you need the document urgently.

(Definition of “pull strings” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pull strings" in American English

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pull strings

to use your influence over important people to get something or help someone else:

I may be able to pull a few strings for you if you need the document urgently.

(Definition of “pull strings” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)