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Re: "run out the string"

Posted by ESC on August 10, 2003

In Reply to: "Run out the string" posted by Ward A. Fredericks on August 09, 2003

: In the US, "to run out the string" is a metaphor for taking all possible time available to obtain an outcome. It applies where there is a notion of a fixed or set amount of time to do what you can. Does anyone know the background of this expression..........?

I couldn't find anything in my references. I have heard this expression. It's pretty common.