[wahyuh r-poo l-er]


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.

Origin of wirepuller

1825–30, Americanism; wire + puller
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Related Words for wire-puller

fixer, kingmaker, powerbroker, latency

Examples from the Web for wire-puller

Historical Examples of wire-puller

  • "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.

  • The ballot alone effectively liberates the quiet citizen from the tyranny of the shouter and the wire-puller.


    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.


    Gerhart Hauptmann

British Dictionary definitions for wire-puller



mainly US and Canadian a person who uses private or secret influence for his own ends
Derived Formswirepulling, noun
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