One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or practice of remotely controlling or directing a machine or device, especially a missile. Now rare.
2Figurative. The action or practice of indirectly or unofficially controlling someone or something that is ostensibly independentNow chiefly W. Afr.
1950s; earliest use found in Missiles & Rockets. From tele- + guiding.
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