pull the strings


: to control someone or something often in a secret way
It turned out that his brother was the person pulling the strings behind the operation.

Examples of pull the strings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Denaro had been on the run since 1993, he is believed to have continued to pull the strings of the Cosa Nostra from a number of secret hideouts. Phil Boucher, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2023 But the ‘big three’, especially India, pull the strings on the ICC’s board, where the real power lies. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2023 López Obrador argues that many of the reforms over the past two decades have been hollow, creating the appearance of democracy even as wealthy business executives and political bosses continue to pull the strings. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 Death is always the end for extremists in the MCU, but the people who really pull the strings rarely face justice. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 Many players in The Great were actually real people and had ties to Catherine and Peter during their reign in Russia, while others are completely fabricated or a clear mashup of a few different people helping to pull the strings. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, 5 Jan. 2021

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“Pull the strings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pull%20the%20strings. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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