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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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A study of normative and informational social influences upon individual judgment.
Social networks, friends/relatives and specialized publications are the most versatile influencers, having influence in 3 out of 5 categories of products, given that 67 percent of youth communicate with friends in social networks weekly.
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The primary influences of the Armour (1968) study were personal factors such as enthusiasm, sincerity, and dedication of the coach.
Tolkien: Author of the Century that the traumatic changes of the twentieth century have led to the fantastic becoming our "dominant literary mode" is borne out by our next group of papers, showing the influence of modern intellectual ferment and global war on Tolkien and Dunsany.
As part of a larger exploration of four school districts, this single case analyzes teachers' perceptions about the hierarchical or collaborative nature of decision making in their district and how this perception is related to their beliefs about who has influence over decision making.
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Editorial will include articles that examine how the brain mediates social cognition, interpersonal exchanges, affective/group interactions, genetic and environmental influences, and all neuroscience techniques, including imaging methods, case studies and post-mortem studies.
Two years ago investigators at the eight Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHDs) began the complicated task of sorting out these disparity-inducing influences.
One predictable and salutary result of such studies will be deepening evidence of how global influences and local practices function not as conflicting forces but rather share in continuing processes of adaptive change and creativity.
The 10th century witnessed the growing Middle Eastern and African influences as the Crusaders brought back to Europe new plants, such as the Pomegranate, and the Moors dominated Southern Europe.
What influences me when it comes to writing is anything by Bill Gunn and the music of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker.
Angela Voss discusses his Orphic side in her analysis of his musical magic, while Donald Beecher connects the employment of the ancient pharmaceutical theriaca with the astral medicine advocated in the Libri de vita, seeing it as a talismanic source of celestial influences.