strings attached

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Likely by analogy with no strings attached.

Noun[edit]

strings attached

  1. plural of string attached

strings attached pl (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) Unstated or downplayed catches, limitations, caveats, restrictions, or requirements.
    They were advertising free television sets, but there were a lot of strings attached.

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