be the brains behind (something)

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be the brains behind (something)

To be the person responsible for a certain plan or idea. Sheila is the brains behind our new environmental initiative, so she deserves all the credit. The cops finally made an arrest, but it was just a low-level guy. They're still looking for the person who is the brains behind the scam.
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I am the brains behind the formation of Nairobi Prisons team since 2011 and the move is to help me acquire experience and pick lessons at the international level that I hope to impart on my players.
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