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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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*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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However, results of the present study suggest that these behaviors may exist to some degree as a continuum within a single construct in the upward influencing context.
Physician executives face the daunting challenge of influencing behavior, while knowing deep in their souls that each physician has an inherent personal, professional, and civic right to choose his or her path and way of being in the world.
The example concludes that the member/taxpayer is treated as influencing legislation with respect to the employee's work in support of the trade association's lobbying communication.
Factors influencing ratings of marital quality by individuals within dual-career marriages: A conceptual model.
Both children and their environments are evolving over time and influencing one another.
Never mind that both are ultimately doing the same thing - earning their living influencing public policy.
She describes and analyzes the seminal role played by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in influencing Mid-East policy.
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson can lobby friends like President Bush or sway voters in some regions, but he's had less success influencing consumers and businesses.
The school learning climate was also strongly related to students' education expectations at the 10th grade, suggesting the school climate may be a strong factor influencing the self perceptions and education expectations of urban 10th graders.
for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action.
Keller concluded, “At your fingertips (and inside your soul) is the information you need to focus and stay on track with your influence goals, the dynamics you need to understand, the people you're influencing, and the traps.
Edwards' expected results for software licenses sales revenue for 2000 and achieved this by influencing software licenses sales for several customers in 2000.
The key concept behind Stario's customer lifetime value solution is the idea of influencing and rewarding for sustained behavior.