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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.
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He said there are plenty of moments when he would rather be out in the field pulling wires with a crew.
They start pulling wires out of Liam and everyone in the train station turns into green dust.
"Secure your home and make it child-proof," he urges, citing examples of horrific accidents such as a child being electrocuted when pulling wires out a socket.
Townshend began pulling wires out of the sound board, ruining many pre-recorded tapes that had taken weeks to piece together.
"Pulling wires, especially to retrofit buildings, is expensive, invasive, and restrictive in that the sensors could he placed only where one could reach them with a wire."
In other words, with more formal fountains, pulling wires for lights can be unnecessary.
The NJ200 Network Jack is an in-the-wall, four-port Ethernet switch that quadruples LAN infrastructure port connections more conveniently than pulling wires. The managed switch brings intelligence to the edge of the network, mounted unobtrusively inside a standard NEMA-WD6 wall cutout.
Traditionally, meeting Class 1 Div 2 wiring standards has called for installing piping, pulling wires, and pouring seal-offs to eliminate any exposed wiring.
Investigators who visited the waste sites in Guiyu, China, in December witnessed men, women and children pulling wires from computers and burning them at night, fouling the air with carcinogenic smoke.
Installer apprentices begin by pulling wires through joints and walls, under the direction of experienced workers.
Before you install cable, remember to check local building codes to see if there are special requirements for pulling wires. Some states have fire codes that require teflon-coated cable for use in false ceilings.
Christopher Miller, 29, saw two men pulling wires out of his car in an apparent attempt to steal it.
A You'll have to cut some holes in the walls, but you can minimize ceiling damage by using a "fish tape," A fish tape is a long strip of spring steel used for pulling wires through walls and ceilings.