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wirepuller

[wahyuh r-poo l-er]
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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).
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Origin of wirepuller

1825–30, Americanism; wire + puller
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Examples from the Web for wirepuller

Historical Examples

  • He never can be going to match himself against that Wirepuller!

    Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, May 30, 1891

    Various

  • He was known as a "wirepuller," and the other wire-pullers of his party used to meet in his office and discuss matters.


British Dictionary definitions for wirepuller

wirepuller

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