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Feb 7, 2018
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
snollygoster
highbinder
wirepuller
four-flusher
jackleg

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wirepuller

PRONUNCIATION:
(WAIR-pool-uhr)

MEANING:
noun: A person who manipulates or exerts control from behind the scenes.

ETYMOLOGY:
From wire + puller. Earliest documented use: 1824.

USAGE:
“Thurlow Weed, New York’s cagey behind-the-scenes Republican wirepuller, was telling Lincoln that his reelection was now an impossibility.”
John C. Waugh; Lincoln and McClellan; Palgrave Macmillan; 2010.

See more usage examples of wirepuller in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it. -Charles Dickens, novelist (7 Feb 1812-1870)

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