the power behind the throne

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.
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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.
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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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FEAST OF SAINT CECILIA, PATRON OF MUSIC 1428: Richard Nevill, Earl of Warwick, so-called Kingmaker who was the power behind the throne during the Wars Of The Roses, was born.
FEAST OF SAINT CECILIA 1428: Richard Nevill, Earl of Warwick, so-called Kingmaker who was the power behind the throne during the Wars Of The Roses, was born.
I might have been the figurehead but my son [Douglas Hall] and Freddy were the power behind the throne - they ran the club.
The removal of the former Breitbart editor as Trump's chief strategist marks a remarkable rise and fall for a rightwing ideologue regarded by some as the power behind the throne.
What all this means is that Panneerselvam is the CM of a key state, but it is Jayalalithaa who will be the power behind the throne.
And make no mistake, no drama about Cilla's life can be taken seriously unless Bobby Willis, the power behind the throne, is shown playing a leading role in it - because he played such a central part in Cilla's life.
Aelwyn is the bastard daughter of one-thousand-year-old Merlin, who is the power behind the throne.
Karzai is so confident of remaining the power behind the throne that he is building his "retirement" residence next to the presidential palace, but he's probably wrong.
Married to former ruler Kim Jong-Il's sister, he held top posts in the party, was often pictured alongside his nephew at military parades and was seen by analysts as the power behind the throne.
Jang Song-Thaek, once seen as his nephew's mentor and the power behind the throne, has been stripped of all his posts for committing criminal acts and leading a "counter-revolutionary faction", state media said.
Jang was long seen as the power behind the throne and a key policy adviser to the Supreme Leader.
Adams will also be vying for Oscar consideration for her steely supporting performance as the power behind the throne.
Cash flow is the power behind the throne, the Queen who controls King Cash.
For some time, analysts believed Egyptian-born Al Zawari was operating as the power behind the throne in Al Qaeda.
Lord Mandelson, seen as the power behind the throne for the last 18 months of Mr Brown's premiership, has been marginalised since the Labour lost office in May.