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area of influence

A realm, domain, or field over which a person, group, or business has direct control, influence, or clout. It refers to a military term for the geographical area in which a commander has direct military influence. As a literature professor, my primary obligation is to my classes; as head of this department, though, my area of influence extends to all students studying English.
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backstairs influence

Influence from an ignoble source, typically one that is secret. Where did that idea come from? It's like someone has backstairs influence over you all of sudden!
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*a hold on someone a strong

 and secure influence on someone
(*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone~.) The strange religion seemed to have a strong hold on its followers. The drug has a hold on the minds of those who use it.
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under the influence (of alcohol)

Euph. drunk; nearly drunk; affected by alcohol. She behaves quite rudely when under the influence of alcohol. Ed was stopped by a police officer for driving while under the influence.
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under the influence

feeling the effect of alcohol or drugs Were you serious last night about wanting a baby or did you say it because you were under the influence? If you are caught driving under the influence, you can lose your license.
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under the influence

if someone is under the influence, they are drunk Were you serious last night about wanting a baby or was it just because you were under the influence? Driving under the influence is a very serious offence.
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under the influence

Impaired functioning owing to alcohol consumption, as in He was accused of driving under the influence. This expression, from legal jargon, is short for under the influence of intoxicating liquor and implies that one is not completely drunk. Since it is nearly always applied to drivers suspected or so accused, it has given rise to the police acronym DUI, for "driving under the influence." [Second half of 1800s]
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under the influence

Intoxicated, especially with alcohol.
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General Electric is not influenceable by the population except very indirectly through regulatory mechanisms, which are very weak and which they mostly control anyhow.
With the majority of new car buyers entering the market because they want a new car, and the majority of those buyers being highly influenceable at the beginning of the car shopping process, dealers and automakers have many reasons to be excited," Rowe added.
Another indication that guessing behavior may be influenceable is found in the shift to less random behavior in the second of the two ESP tasks, as shown in Table 5.
The Psychic Reader as a Potentially Influenceable System
As an initial step in modelling the psychic reader as an influenceable system, it may be useful to construct a simplified computer-based statement selector to act as "reader," so as to minimize the confounding influence of any extraneous factors associated with a "live" reader.