strings attached

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Unstated or downplayed catches, limitations, caveats, restrictions, or requirements.

Etymology:

  • Likely by analogy with no strings attached.
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They were advertising free television sets, but there were a lot of strings attached.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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