This is about the expression no strings attached from the plural of string:
strings [plural] : requirements that are connected with something : things that you have to do, give, etc., if you accept something (such as a gift or an offer)
- She won't accept the gift if there are strings. [=if she is expected to do something in return for it]
- They offered her the job with no strings attached. [=with no conditions]
- He's generous, but there are always strings attached. [=he always expects something in return for what he gives to people]
[ Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary - string ]
- Is using strings without attached just a short form or is there a difference in the meaning? In the first example could either be used?
Is there a (more?) figurative sense whereby you could apply this to ideas or can it only be about people owing something, and control :
There is idea A, and there is idea B; the latter has no strings attached to the former.
Would that mean anything; would you rather use "(not) connected/there is no connection" instead? Something else?
- If someone is not a party to a transaction but is reporting on it, would that person say of an offer or deal between the parties that it comes with or has no strings attached? Is it just the focus on the offer being made vs. its characteristics or is there something else I'm not getting here?