Definition of puppetmaster in English:



  • A person, group, or country that covertly controls another.

    ‘the puppetmaster behind the current administration’
    • ‘You're a machine to be commanded by your puppet masters in the military-industrial complex.’
    • ‘At the behest of their US puppet-masters, the newly elected Iraqi government had Al Jazeera temporarily thrown out of the country.’
    • ‘The ultimate puppet master is finally revealed in the refugee affair, their script being followed to the letter by all players.’
    • ‘It certainly does not hand the country over wholesale to Bush's puppet masters.’
    • ‘The film climaxes with the arrival of the alien puppet-master that's behind the whole plot.’
    • ‘Note that we don't intend to elect the puppet-masters themselves, they're not popular.’
    • ‘You'll need something better than insisting that I or my hypothetical puppetmasters have something to gain from the status quo to argue your point.’
    • ‘Genes are not puppet masters, nor blueprints.’
    • ‘Putin still controls the strings and Medvedev can only become the puppetmaster if he cuts them.’
    • ‘Flamboyant and witty, he relishes his role as a behind-the-scenes puppet master.’
    • ‘Doing the adaptation, of course, it was clear that Waugh was a pretty cruel puppet master with his characters.’
    • ‘Robertson, soulless puppetmaster that he is, says that the plans are just games.’
    • ‘But the real puppetmaster in the Railtrack scandal is the Chancellor himself, both through Vadera and his direct instructions and consultations.’
    • ‘Presumably, imminently, the next step will be the eradication of the old Abbey name to be replaced by that of their Spanish buyout puppetmasters.’
    • ‘Yet everyone knows the G8 is just a photo-call by the puppets, not a meeting of the puppet-masters.’
    • ‘Those are the puppet masters, my friend.’
    • ‘During those turbulent years, some politicians and their henchmen were the puppet masters.’
    • ‘We expose the puppetmasters, and their policies, behind this paradoxical mass addiction to something nearly everyone hates.’