pull strings

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Pull strings, pull favours or pull up your socks over getting what you want.
Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe asked Immigration minister Phil Woolas to pull strings - and Swann, 30, got a new passport in four hours.
Here Frank Muller narrates the story of a murderer in a prison run by a sadistic warden and a con who can pull strings.
IAN MORAN earned his nickname from a famous kids' TV puppet show - now he's ready to pull strings for the Saltires.
Charles has now been able to pull strings in an attempt to force us to accept this divorced women as his 'bride".

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