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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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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 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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Influencing is not just about having the best arguments, or having the facts on your side, it's about understanding why people might be willing or reluctant to have their minds changed.
The Influencing Formula includes practical tools such as the six most effective ways to prepare to influence and a list of 101 comprehensive consulting questions designed to uncover what the business really needs and requires from the project.
"Factors Influencing The College Selction Process Of Student Athletes: Are Their Factors Similar To Non-Athletes." College Student Journal 37.
It is not simply caregivers influencing children and children influencing caregivers.
Factors influencing ratings of marital quality by individuals within dual-career marriages: A conceptual model.
The foundry selected six variables from a list of 34 that had a reasonable probability of influencing the quality of the heat.
On May 10, 1994, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations under section 162(e) of the Internal Revenue Code, relating to the definition of the term "influencing legislation" for purposes of the lobbying deduction disallowance rules.
Costs incurred in activities aimed at influencing state officials' or lower level federal bureaucrats' nonlegislative actions remain deductible.
162(e)(4), the definition of "influencing legislation" includes "any attempt to influence any legislation through communication with any member or employee of a legislative body, or with any governmental official or employee who may participate in the formulation of legislation." This provision clearly applies to attempts to influence legislation at the Federal level, and the Conference Report clarifies that the prohibition also applies to legislation at the state level.
Then later on, as time went by, when they weren't very successful in influencing the development of the program, they became extremely difficult and put considerable pressure on the director general to do nothing about family planning.
The closer partnership between human services and industry means that we must pay more attention to the trends that influence industry as well as those influencing human service delivery (Deutsch, 1988: International Center for the Disabled, 1986: Kiernan & Schalock, 1989: Kutscher, 1990).
Each of these 'sources of power' are external ways of persuading or influencing something outside of yourself.”
Instructors have reward power over students in terms of the grades given in a course and as such there is potential for students to influence grades received by employing any number of upward influencing tactics.
Because this belief motivates doctors to minimize the time and effort they spend influencing the systems they depend on to deliver the highest quality of care--systems that will never live up to their potential without the regular influence of the doctors who use them.
The media relations team also saw the opportunity to assess its effectiveness in influencing customer satisfaction.