pull (some/a few) wires

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pull (some/a few) wires

To utilize the power or influence one has over others, especially people of importance, to get what one wants or to help someone else. I hear that the only reason Johnny got into college was because his dad pulled some wires with the president of the university. I might see if I can pull a few wires to get this police investigation quashed. I'm so sick of this old-boy culture pulling wires in high places to keep themselves in control.
See also: pull, wire
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True to form, Townshend pulled wires out of the sound board after a backing tape failed to play, with the rest of the band having to coax him back on stage.
an officer responded to Prospect Street for a truck that pulled wires off of a pole.
Mum-of-four Mills, who boozes on cans of lager and bottles of Baileys and takes crack and cocaine, blocked his path while Fisher pulled wires out of the wheelchair, disabling it.
When it moved, it pulled wires and caused the outage.
At a healthcare facility, for example, a CT scanner and ultrasound and X-ray machines shorted out when a maintenance crew pulled wires through a conduit and a neutral wire came into contact with a high voltage cable.