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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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Positive views on Pakistan remain low but have improved by 2 percent, and negative views of its influence have decreased by 2 points since 2014.
We aimed to show how adolescents in China perceive parental power, and the way that normative influence works in the Chinese cultural context.
Most lessons of modern-day influence are written by men who talk about outer experiences addressing the 'doing' aspect of influence.
Americans are more satisfied with the influence of organized religion than any of the other seven aspects of life in the United States rated in the poll, with the exception of "the overall quality of life," which tops the list.
Results from the meta-analysis of influences indicate that there is a diversity of factors that influence the athlete's decision to attend a selected college.
Even with 50 state sovereigns there are common fundamentals that physicians may apply to lobbying that will lead to greater success and political influence.
Efficacy beliefs influence whether people think pessimistically or optimistically and in ways that are selfenhancing or self-hindering.
Impermissible contacts with the governmental entity occurs when the bidder contacts an individual at a state agency who is not the "designated contact person" for the particular procurement in an attempt to influence that agency.
Individuals develop three separate (but not mutually exclusive) sets of image perceptions, each of which may shape image norms and influence career decisions.
She attributes the White House open access enjoyed by Saudi ambassador Bandar ibn Sultan to his long years in office, and the royal family's influence to its long association with the Bush family.
The second group--the Bible Literacy Project--made headlines when it rolled out a glossy textbook entitled The Bible and Its Influence.
Lawmakers in Alabama and Georgia are pushing bills that would encourage public schools to offer courses about the study of the Bible and its influence.
Personnel in colleges and universities, professional associations, and school counselors can and do influence practice.