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éminence grise

Someone who is powerful in a particular area without having an official title. The phrase, French for "grey eminence," originally applied to one of Cardinal Richelieu's advisors, a monk who wore a grey robe. A: "Why should I worry about what Bob thinks? He doesn't even have a title!" B: "Yes, but he's the éminence grise of the firm, and the partners really value his opinion."
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No more private jets or corporate apartments, no more hanging around the board as executive chairman or chairman emeritus or eminence grise.
But during the long decades that followed that meeting, years that saw Castro transformed from the hemisphere's great emancipator into one of its last old-style caudillos and tyrants, and Vargas Llosa from a literary wunderkind and left-wing firebrand into the eminence grise of Latin American neoliberalism, a good many memorable examples of the Latin American dictator novel were published to considerable acclaim.
Indeed, he was regarded in the West as a sort of eminence grise among Islamist leaders.
In the intellectual world of Florence, Machiavelli did not stand alone, but was part of "a culture that he shared with others"-- one of these "others" was Marcello Adriani who, as the eminence grise of Florentine culture in the 1490s-1520s was, according to Godman, "the humanist who offered a secular alternative to Savonarola's spiritual message" (pp.
I still say "ain't," and I probably didn't even spell eminence grise correctly.
The company acquired its final name, The Royal Ballet, in 1956, and de Valois retired as director in 1963--although she remained as the company's eminence grise almost until her death.
As he tells it, he was repeatedly pushed aside by Clinton's more business-friendly advisers, Treasury Secretaries Lloyd Bentsen and Robert Rubin, and the government's eminence grise, Alan Greenspan.
Turabi, after almost a decade as the eminence grise in Sudan, now is in a difficult position after being sidelined by President Omar Al Bashir).
And he has a fine chance to set up an early lead at the top of the table by striking on Eminence Grise and Sibla on the opening day.
Here Etlin brings out something of the irony of the fact that a writer who saw Western culture as decadent with softness has become the eminence grise behind those who condemn it for its hardness.
From it Paulhan emerges as an impresario, a kind of cultural ring-master, a manipulator, an eminence grise who would hold court in his editorial office.
This is no time to panic - the 49ers, after all, are 2-1 - but you bring in The Genius, this Crowned Head, the Picasso of the passing game, this eminence grise, the West Coast Offense artificer, this vainglorious visionary, The Professor, and, bang, it looks like your team is carrying Tom and Roseanne uphill in a wheelbarrow.
After some thought, White had decided to profile the youthful government's Eminence grise, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and he wanted to offer Kennedy the chance to characterize his cabinet's senior member.
Why should such an eminence grise, willing to criticize the inadequacies of current rules and procedures and to admit that police conduct was not always what it should be, baulk at such a suggestion?