string-puller

string-puller

n
a person who uses his or her influence with other people to get things done, often unfairly
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Cummings may be the string-puller of this administration in concert with a senior minister, Michael Gove.
Protesters held up signs playing on the French for "102" - which spoken out loud sounds like "Without two" - and the signs carried portraits of Bouteflika and his influential brother, Said, whom many say is the regime's real string-puller.
And with master string-puller Cooper Cronk and the world's best full-back James Tedesco in their ranks, the Australians are likely to create enough scoring opportunities to cover the eightpoint handicap.
The 28-year-old Welshman was Arsenal's string-puller supreme, their conductor and General all rolled into one at Blackpool last night, guiding and cajoling Arsenal into the fourth round.
Then again, there is the strong-willed daughter of Kezzie Knot (a notorious bootlegger, ex-con, and political string-puller) who is also one of her greatest problems.
Ivanka's husband Jared Kushner is said to be a major string-puller, shaping the president-elect's future team.
But despite their early lead the game swung away from United as the Turks, inspired by string-puller Wesley Sneijder, grabbed control and exposed United's weakness in midfield.
It turns out Lawrence is an accomplished string-puller with plenty of friends in high places who quickly make life very difficult for all the Bartons as well as a more low-tech way of hitting Ross where it hurts the most.
* Colorado voters should know that the GOP's leading string-puller, neoconservative Karl Rove, boasted that he, not the local Republican Party or the Colorado voters, played the key role in selecting victorious Cory Gardner to run for the Senate seat.
Olivia Williams as aristocratic newspaper editor Belinda Kay is another scintillating addition to this terrific cast that also sees the return of Ralph Fiennes as Prime Minister Alec Beasley, Saskia Reeves as the deputy PM, Judy Davis as MI5's chief string-puller Jill Tankard, Rupert Graves as business man Stirling Rogers who is also the PM's squash partner and Ewan Bremner as Worricker's man on the inside.
Bridcutt is a 21st Century string-puller, Cattermole the old-school midfielder, hitching his shorts almost up to his armpits then haring around like a madman.
The Pakistani president is supposed to be apolitical and Zardari no longer has an official role in the PPP, though many see him as still the most influential string-puller behind the scenes.