the power behind the throne

the power behind the throne
: the person who secretly controls a country, organization, etc., by controlling the actions and decisions of the official leader

He's the company president, but his assistant is the (real) power behind the throne.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • (the) power behind the throne — someone who does not have an official position in a government or organization but who secretly controls it. In his later years, the chairman s daughter was the power behind the throne …   New idioms dictionary

  • Power behind the throne — The phrase power behind the throne refers to a person or group that informally exercises the real power of an office. In politics, it most commonly refers to a spouse, aide, or advisor of a political leader (often called a figurehead ) who serves …   Wikipedia

  • power behind the throne — {n. phr.} The person with the real power backing up the more visible partner (usually said about the wives of public figures). * /It is rumored that the First Lady it the power behind the throne in the White House./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • power behind the throne — {n. phr.} The person with the real power backing up the more visible partner (usually said about the wives of public figures). * /It is rumored that the First Lady it the power behind the throne in the White House./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • (the) (real) power behind the throne — the (real) power behind the ˈthrone idiom the person who really controls an organization, a country, etc. in contrast to the person who is legally in charge • The president s wife was suspected of being the real power behind the throne.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • power behind the throne — A person or group of people who exercise power or influence without having the formal authority to do so • • • Main Entry: ↑throne * * * a person or organization that exerts authority or influence without having formal status …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Throne of Bloodstone — context DnDmodule| module title = The Throne of Bloodstone module module code = H4 module rules = AD D (1st Ed.) Battlesystem (optional) module character levels = 18 100 module campaign = Forgotten Realms module authors = Michael Dobson Douglas… …   Wikipedia

  • power behind the throne —    Someone with no apparent authority who has great influence over the person officially in charge is said to be the power behind the throne.     It s essential to be on good terms with his wife. Apparently she s the power behind the throne …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • power\ behind\ the\ throne — n. phr. the person with the real power backing up the more visible partner (usually said about the wives of public figures). It is rumored that the First Lady it the power behind the throne in the White House …   Словарь американских идиом

  • power behind the throne — noun Someone who appears to be without special status, but who has great covert influence on a person in authority …   Wiktionary

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