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be the power behind the throne
To be the person or people who have true control or great influence on a leader, but who are 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.
be the (real) power behind the ˈthrone be the person who really controls a family, business, country, etc., even though people think somebody else controls it: It’s not the president who makes the important decisions; his wife is the real power behind the throne.
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Bach, in turn, was the power behind the throne
of the agency's commissioner Doris Meissner, with whom top NAFSA officials met privately in the fall of 1998 to discuss their concerns, according to Tom Fischer, the former INS official.