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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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under the influence

Drunk. The police pulled him over for driving under the influence.
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under the influence of alcohol

Drunk. The police pulled him over for driving under the influence of alcohol.
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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

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

affected by alcoholic drink, especially beyond the legal limits for driving a vehicle; drunk. informal
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under the ˈinfluence

(used of somebody driving a car) having had too much alcohol to drink: She was fined £500 for driving under the influence.
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under the influence

Intoxicated, especially with alcohol.
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They mean actively attending to the business of influencing and being influenced such that the resultant beliefs or opinions held about us and our products are conducive to our achieving organizational objectives.
Playwright Darlette McAlpin of Chicago says, "Books that have influenced me on a technical level have been The Art and Craft of Playwriting by Jeffrey Hatcher (Story Press Books, March 2000) and The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives by Lajos Egri (Touchstone, February 1972).
The Great Awakening also directly influenced the birth of one of the most influential groups in American religious history, that of the Separate Baptists of Sandy Creek, North Carolina.
s work influenced the Post-Modern Classicism of the '80s, but he does not prove it.
But the direct evidence that the youthful Ayn Rand was positively influenced, through Lossky, by the "dialectical antidualism" of early 20th century Russian philosophy is thin.
When asked, "Who has been the person(s) in your life that has most influenced your fashion style?
For general issues related to purchases, adolescents stated the areas that they influenced most were suggesting brands, shopping with parents, drawing attention to new products, and suggesting stores.
Class attendance, on the other hand, is largely influenced by the actions of the individual.
Clearly, children's behavior is influenced not only by their parents, but also by their culture.
Girls are generally more influenced by body image, with 28% to 55% wanting thinner bodies compared to 17% to 30% of boys (Ricciardelli & McCabe, 2001).
Our politicians are heavily influenced by big business, and much less by individual taxpayers,'' said Valencia resident Tom Dicioccio, one of the founders of the group.
As such, these athletes may be more influenced by performance than the threat of health complications sometime later in life.
A physician's behavior is more likely to be influenced to the degree that an interdependent relationship exists with the physician executive.
Initial data analysis indicated that 10 variables influenced heat quality.
This analysis presents results of the research by using a 28-category conceptual framework based on models of schooling that influenced learning.