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1. Slang One who uses subterfuge, private influence, or underhand means to reach a goal.
2. One who pulls wires or strings, as of puppets.

wire′pull′ing n.
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chiefly US and Canadian a person who uses private or secret influence for his or her own ends
ˈwireˌpulling n
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(ˈwaɪərˌpʊl ər)

a person who uses influence or secret means to manipulate people or organizations, esp. for selfish ends; intriguer.
[1825–30, Amer.]
wire′pull`ing, n.
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[ˈwaɪəˌpʊləʳ] N (US) → enchufista mf
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The "wirepuller" behind the arbitration is self-evident.
Central to both Nazi and Jihadist Jew hatred is the principle that the Jew is an invisible enemy of humanity, an "invisible wirepuller," (26) Hitler puts it, as invisible--as metaphysical--as Satan.
Upon Rose the wirepuller, Disraeli relied for advice and election information.
Nonetheless, by Sunday, while lacking any clues to a guiding hand behind the outbreaks, officials in Tehran were beginning to scent that it is not entirely spontaneous, and one or more wirepullers may be at work.
an appeal to apathy, little Americanism and the tacit assumption that the old crowd of wirepullers playing in with the big interests is on the whole most to be trusted." Hand began with high regard for Hoover: "I am for Hoover on any ticket, Soviet included." However, "Hoover's crabbed and somewhat churlish nature was a great defect." But "I have perhaps an extreme leaning toward the tough-minded.
And Workingmen's delegate Charles Beerstecher announced he would never put his hand to a document "made and manufactured by the political tricksters and wirepullers who have seats in this convention." Admonished to respect parliamentary decorum, Beerstecher acknowledged that he was "sorry that the coat fits some persons here." (7)
273); and one "Whig wrote to his mother in 1852, 'With regard to our State and city elections a strong effort is being made to dislodge the professional tacticians and wirepullers who have ruled everything this last three years...." (p.
In its crudest version, the Nazis are held to be little more than agents of monopoly capital, manipulated by "wirepullers" of industry to mobilize elements of the downwardly mobile lower middle class against the inevitable working-class revolution.