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Definition of "wire-pulling" [wire•-pull•ing]

  • The act of pulling the wires, as of a puppet; hence, secret influence or management, especially in politics; intrigue. (noun)

Gnu Collaboartive International Dictionary of English: licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

Use "wire-pulling" in a sentence
  • "He advanced me money, and, by clever wire-pulling, got me an appointment in a large college."
  • "It is just possible to be a literary gent and to keep your decency if you are a definitely popular writer — a writer of detective stories, for instance; but to be a highbrow, with a footing in the snootier magazines, means delivering yourself over to horrible campaigns of wire-pulling and backstairs-crawling."
  • "The state legislature at this time was ruled over by a small group of wire-pulling, pettifogging, corporation-controlled individuals who came up from the respective towns, counties, and cities of the state, but who bore the same relation to the communities which they represented and to their superiors and equals in and out of the legislative halls at Springfield that men do to such allies anywhere in any given field."