marionette (plural marionettes)

  1. A puppet, usually made of wood, which is animated by the pulling of strings.
    • 1885 — Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado
      If you think we are worked by strings,
      Like a Japanese marionette,
      You don't understand these things:
      It is simply Court etiquette.
  2. The buffel duck.
Translations Verb

marionette (marionettes, present participle marionetting; past and past participle marionetted)

  1. (transitive) To control (somebody) as if they were a puppet; to manipulate.

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