Definition of wirepuller in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwī(ə)rˌpo͝olər/


North American informal
A person, especially a politician, who exerts control or influence from behind the scenes.
Example sentences
  • These same wirepullers then used the government to push the interstate highway system on the country.
  • ‘True enough,’ sighed the wirepuller, recalling his adventures with sock-puppet political appointees.
  • Among American Presidents he is the supreme example of the political wirepuller, the leader who gets things done without ever seeming to lead.



Pronunciation: /ˈwī(ə)rˌpo͝oliNG/
Example sentences
  • But the legacy in the locality has been one of unsuccessful wirepulling and failed stage-management.
  • These were the days of the most flagrant wirepulling and sinister hatching of plots.… In Nova Scotia the patronage system went hand in hand with nepotism.

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Syllabification: wire·pull·er

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