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Supposing we are in a theatre, and a puppet show is on. What verb should be used to describe the movement by which that person on stage moves the puppet?

Here's what I am thinking of:

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  • It may well be the case that no single word exists for "puppet moving hand motions". Is there a single word in your native language? – James K Jun 28 '18 at 7:59
  • Being a Hungarian, I cannot think of a single verb which would clearly describe that movement. I can say things like "játszani a bábuval" (to play with the puppet), "megtáncoltatni a bábut" (to make the puppet dance) "húzogatni a bábut" (to keep pulling up and down the puppet) etc, but these are only vague descriptions, I think. – Marcus Jun 28 '18 at 9:41
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Puppets are the ones that are controlled by hands. Those controlled from above by a wire or string are called "marionette" and the one who controls marionettes is called "marionettist".

You could say:

The marionettist animates / controls / manipulates the marionette from above.

  • I like "animates". It's not the usual sense, but it works very well. – James K Jun 28 '18 at 11:30

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