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