power broker


Definition of power broker

: a person (as in politics) able to exert strong influence through control of votes or individuals

Examples of power broker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2008, citing ties between developers and a Springfield power broker who later went to federal prison, regulators knocked Waukegan out of contention for a license that ultimately went to Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Mike’s older brother Mitch (Kyle Chandler) holds the unofficial title of mayor, though his job seems to be as power broker in and around the prisons. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2021 After America invaded Iraq in 2003, Iran emerged as a major power broker in that country, supporting Shiite Islamist parties and militias that have dominated it ever since. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 2 Oct. 2021 The speech later drew praise from Bannon, who’s styled himself as a populist leader on the political right, and who’s attempted to position himself as a power broker in Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senate primary. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2021 Indeed, with his vast contacts in government, business, the news media and the arts, Mr. Rubenstein was often more power broker than public relations man, making connections among people and institutions for mutual benefit. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2020 Hekmatyar, a former prime minister and veteran power broker in Afghanistan, said people should not sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others. Sam Kiley, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 In directing its attention on the network, the Big 12 is taking aim at the largest power broker in college sports. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 Qatar’s relationship with the Taliban stretches back years, reflecting the affinity of the small Persian Gulf state with Islamists and its wish to be a regional power broker. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of power broker

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Power broker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20broker. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of power broker

: a person who has a lot of influence and control in a particular activity (such as politics)


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