the powers that be


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the powers that be

the people who have authority or control over others I wanted to be a driver in the army, but the powers that be decided I should be a typist. Anytime athletes take a political stance, they're guaranteed to get a reaction from the powers that be.
See also: power

the powers that be

the people who control things but who are not known It's up to the powers that be to decide what should be done next.
See also: power
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