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Definition of "wirepuller" [wirepuller]

  • Slang One who uses subterfuge, private influence, or underhand means to reach a goal. (noun)
  • One who pulls wires or strings, as of puppets. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wirepuller" in a sentence
  • "He was known as a "wirepuller," and the other wire-pullers of his party used to meet in his office and discuss matters."
  • "He had no executive experience—Washington was a former commander-in-chief and plantation owner; Jefferson was getting valuable training as chief wirepuller of an opposition party."
  • "O hero amongst men, as a wooden doll is made to move its limbs by the wirepuller, so are creatures made to work by the Lord of all."