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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

Intoxicated. A shortening of "under the influence of alcohol (or drugs)." 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 (person) of substance

Someone who has a lot of power, money, or influence. I think my parents were disappointed that I chose not to marry a woman of substance, but they seem to have gotten over it. Despite being a humble shop owner, his interactions with every person of the community has made him a person of substance in the eyes of the people here.
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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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Factors Influencing The College Selction Process Of Student Athletes: Are Their Factors Similar To Non-Athletes.
The preamble to the regulations refers to comments urging the adoption of a principal or primary purpose test whereby an activity would be treated as influencing legislation where the principal or primary purpose for engaging in that activity was to make or support a lobbying communication, even if the activity was also engaged in for other, non-lobbying purposes.
This report helps to understand customer expectations on influencing online reservations.
Although it may seem counter to extant leadership theories and research, the leadership style of the follower has not been given attention as to the influencing, both formal and informal, that exists between leader and follower.
26% responded that an influence other than those listed above was most responsible for influencing their fashion style.
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By understanding the critical elements of these change processes and the dynamics of influencing physician behavior, physician executives can become masters of influence rather than mere technicians.
Teachers in the leadership institute demonstrated leadership when they extended their professional lives beyond the classroom by influencing the actions of other teachers.
For example, Hersey and Blanchard contend that "leadership is the process of influencing the activities of an individual or a group in efforts toward goal achievement in a given situation.
To show the results of the members' participation in the Influence program, ASUG annually publishes its Closing the Loop Report, which illustrates the direct results of ASUG members speaking up and influencing the future of SAP.
One useful way to study how physician executives go about influencing their subordinates would be to examine their communication behaviors.
Struck by the short-term success of the conventional - and comfortable - 'command and control' technique, not to mention the increasingly likely threat of being sued, firms are seeking subtler, more strategic approaches to influencing people at work.
Persuasion Strategies for Physician Executives: Part II Influencing Subordinates
In this revised edition of Exercising Influence, Kim Barnes draws on her thirty years of consulting, teaching and observation to demystify the process of influencing others.
The perspective taken in the study reported in this article is that managing and influencing are inextricably connected.