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wirepuller

[wahyuh r-poo l-er] /ˈwaɪərˌpʊl ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that pulls wires.
2.
a person who uses secret means to direct and control the actions of others, especially for selfish ends; intriguer.
3.
snake (def 3b).
Origin of wirepuller
1825-1830
1825-30, Americanism; wire + puller
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Examples from the Web for wire-puller
Historical Examples
  • "It was very astute of me, or of the wire-puller above us, to postpone my fit until the very moment you were with me," he said.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • It required all the skill of Bolingbroke, the wire-puller of the Opposition, to induce the two parties to unite in the assault.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
  • The ballot alone effectively liberates the quiet citizen from the tyranny of the shouter and the wire-puller.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • But now all that was changed, and the personality of Bhagwan Singh's English wire-puller had for him a sinister significance.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • Monroe gave him a piece of paper, and the wire-puller began to make his calculations.

    Outward Bound Oliver Optic
  • Francis Place was the wire-puller, to whose energy was due the abolition of the Conspiracy Laws in 1824.

  • "When I made the engagement, I did not know that you had become a wire-puller," he wrote briefly, in making his excuse.

  • The result of "coaching" for the occasion by some wire-puller was painfully apparent.

British Dictionary definitions for wire-puller

wirepuller

/ˈwaɪəˌpʊlə/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) a person who uses private or secret influence for his own ends
Derived Forms
wirepulling, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for wire-puller

wired into

adjective

Intimately involved in; closely and sympathetically connected with; into: ''I'm wired into Marin Transit right now.'' ''That's cool if you get off on buses''/ for the first time, I really felt wired into that poem

[1970s+; fr wire as creating a close connection]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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