from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who pulls the wires, as of a puppet; hence, one who uses secret influence (i.e. pulls wires or strings) for his own ends; an intriguer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who pulls the wires, as of a puppet.
  • n. Hence One who operates by secret means; one who exercises a powerful but secret influence; an intriguer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who uses secret influence (i.e. pulls wires or strings) for his own ends


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  • He was known as a "wirepuller," and the other wire-pullers of his party used to meet in his office and discuss matters.

    Beauty and the Beast: and Tales of Home

  • 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.

    America's First Dynasty

  • 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.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Translated into English Prose Vana Parva, Part 1

  • The real organizer of the revolution and its actual wirepuller the international Jew, had correctly estimated the situation.

    Mein Kampf

  • They were needed for a certain time at least, and only after the Moors had done their duty,1 could the wirepuller venture to give them the kicks they had coming to them and take the Republic out of the hands of the old state servants and surrender it into the claws of the revolutionary vultures.

    Mein Kampf

  • And only in this way is it possible for the real wirepuller to remain carefully in the background and never personally be called to responsibility.

    Mein Kampf

  • "You were lucky to have such an attractive wirepuller," I frigidly announced.

    The Prairie Mother

  • Occupation in peace, with a reduced establishment, was not easy to get, and his brother, an inveterate wirepuller, must needs know to whose favor Nelson owed it.

    The Life of Nelson

  • He had become the Prince's Secretary, and in Leopold's own words "the most valued physician of his soul and body" -- wirepuller, in fact, to the destined wirepuller of Royalty in general.

    Lectures and Essays

  • When, in course of time, he exchanged the functions of physician in ordinary for those of wirepuller in ordinary, he found that the time passed in medical study had not been thrown away.

    Lectures and Essays


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