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éminence grise

Someone who is powerful in a particular area without having an official title. The phrase, French for "grey eminence," originally applied to one of Cardinal Richelieu's advisors, a monk who wore a grey robe. A: "Why should I worry about what Bob thinks? He doesn't even have a title!" B: "Yes, but he's the éminence grise of the firm, and the partners really value his opinion."
See also: eminence, grise

an éminence grise

someone who has a lot of power and influence but no official position Although he never became a minister, he was the party's éminence grise for 15 years.
See also: eminence, grise
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Grise currently serves on the Board of Directors of MetLife, Inc.
Cet accord vise [beaucoup moins que]d'abord a reduire le nombre des documents requis aussi bien pour l'obtention du permis de conduire que de la carte grise.
Grise received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and has completed the Yale Executive Management Program.
En plus, il peut savoir si le vehicule est assure ou non juste en passant la carte grise sur son lecteur et peut avoir une idee de tout l'historique des controles techniques effectues par un vehicule, voire la possibilite de payer l'amende directement par carte bancaire.
Actually, Bartley eschews the phrase "supply side," coined in derision by mainstream economist and Republican eminence grise Herbert Stein.
Described by stud groom Ben Hyde as "a good size and correct", she is a three-quarter sister to Wafic Said's Listed-winning stayer Eminence Grise.
The Warren Place handler also has Eminence Grise (8st 1lb); War Cabinet (7st 4lb) and Sun Hat (7st 4lb) in the feature.
The Warren Place pair's hopes of a handicap double with the heavily- backed Eminence Grise in the Ascot Stakes were dashed.
A longtime scenic designer, a sometime Broadway producer, and a full-time ballet backstage eminence grise and front-office director of American Ballet Theatre.
He had no problems getting the one mile six furlongs, staying on strongly in the hands of Robert Winston to defeat Eminence Grise by one length.
Grise s experience in other board rooms and professional organizations will add valuable perspective to ICF and to our board, said ICF International Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan.
During the war, he married Rita Grise and soon after the war ended, they started their family.
Grise, Executive Vice President of the Utility Group, David R.
The "surprises" lined up include a small quantity of 1990 Vouvray, Nobilis Rose from Portugal, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand's Selak winery and three "superb" wines from the Chateau la Tour Grise in the Loire - Cabernet Franc, Chenin and sparkling.
beaucoup moins que]J'ai depose le dossier du renouvellement de la carte grise de mon vehicule en novembre 2010.