power behind the throne


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the power behind the throne

The person or group who has true control or a great influence on one in control, but is not officially or publicly in charge. The president's charisma and likability got him elected, but his team of advisors is the real power behind the throne.
See also: behind, power, throne

power behind the throne

Fig. the person who actually controls the person who is apparently in charge. Mr. Smith appears to run the shop, but his brother is the power behind the throne. They say that the vice president is the power behind the throne.
See also: behind, power, throne

power behind the throne

A person with great influence who stays behind the scenes and has no apparent authority. For example, Harry may be the CEO, but it's obvious that his wife is the power behind the throne. [Mid-1800s]
See also: behind, power, throne

the power behind the throne

If you describe someone as the power behind the throne, you mean that they are really the person that has power although another person is officially in charge. She was the real power behind the throne, a strong and determined woman controlling a weaker husband for her own aims.
See also: behind, power, throne

power behind the throne

a person who exerts authority or influence without having formal status.
See also: behind, power, throne
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But when a political leader's partner is a full-time journalist -- or a full-time lifestyle guru -- one's fears of a power behind the throne diminish: The woman, presumably, is too busy to meddle excessively in the affairs of state.
She would be the nominal leader but he would be the real power behind the throne.
Despite handing over the top Kremlin job to Medvedev, Putin is still considered by many to be the power behind the throne in Russia.
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I'm not sure King George is really that apt, as it appears that Vice President Dick Cheney is the real power behind the throne.
Although she said that in her personal life she wasn't much like the doting Margaret Andersen, she defended the show's portrayal of idealized family life and said her character wasn't subordinate, but acted as "the power behind the throne.
Cheney, like DeLay, has been the power behind the throne.
Constance also desired to be the power behind the throne by replacing John with her son Arthur, but she was dependent on the French court.
Figures in the education sector would mention the name Andrew Adonis as the power behind the throne.
Their power behind the throne in Washington, Grover Norquist, recently explained to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo:
Second, he plays up Cheney as the power behind the throne.
Why the Canadian Episcopate of the Eastern region decided on this man as a suitable person to address priests and laity alike, I am in the dark as to the power behind the throne.
And the power behind the throne is the labor unions, whose base are the employees, teachers and others employed by the numerous government agencies which engulf society.
It surely proves who is really "the power behind the throne.