[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.
- snake(def 3b).
Origin of wirepuller
1825–30, Americanism; wire + puller
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Examples from the Web for 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.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.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)
"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
- mainly US and Canadian a person who uses private or secret influence for his own ends