Definition of wire-pull in US English:

wire-pull

verb

  • with object To manipulate or influence (a person) as if pulling the wires of a puppet; to control (a situation, organization, etc.) from behind the scenes. Compare to pull the wires, to pull the strings, and wirework.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Advice to newly Elected Member of Parliament. From wire + pull, after to pull the wires.

Pronunciation

wire-pull

/ˈwʌɪəpʊl/