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power behind the throne

Definition of power behind the throne in English:

A person who exerts authority or influence without having formal status.
Example sentences
  • That of course gets the political tongues wagging in terms of this issue of how people rate his power and influence, and whether he is the power behind the throne.
  • Successive coaches were perceived as the being the powers behind the throne, but the club grew stronger after each departed.
  • But there was always a suspicion that he remained the power behind the throne - and, on Friday, he admitted he was still the security adviser.
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