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[wahyuh r-poo l-er] /ˈwaɪərˌpʊl ər/
a person or thing that pulls wires.
a person who uses secret means to direct and control the actions of others, especially for selfish ends; intriguer.
snake (def 3b).
Origin of wirepuller
1825-30, Americanism; wire + puller Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for wire-puller
Historical Examples
  • "When I made the engagement, I did not know that you had become a wire-puller," he wrote briefly, in making his excuse.

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for wire-puller


(mainly US & Canadian) a person who uses private or secret influence for his own ends
Derived Forms
wirepulling, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for wire-puller



A person who exerts influence, esp in a covert way; operator: Grunewald, bigtime wirepuller in the tangled Washington bureaucracy (1833+)

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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