Posted by Smokey Stover on September 07, 2007
In Reply to: Out of string posted by Ofra on September 07, 2007
: What is the meaning and origin of the phrase "run out of string"?
When I use the phrase, it means I have used up all my string and have no more. Is there some context in which Ofra found this phrase in which actual string is obviously not meant? Or is the idiom, "to run out of," the issue here? Anything that I have used up, or spent, is something that I have run out of. I have sometimes run out of gas (in which case the car stops), I have often run out of pocket change, and many people have found themselves running out of patience. Context, Ofra?