power broker


Definition of power broker

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Relations between Tigray and Abiy’s government have been strained since the president took office in 2018 and sidelined the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, once the pre-eminent power broker in Ethiopia. Samuel Gebre, Bloomberg.com, "Ethiopia Replaces Top Security Officials as Conflict Escalates," 8 Nov. 2020 Those dinners, and Avant’s passion for telling her father’s story—son of a domestic worker becomes trailblazing power broker—led Sarandos to greenlight a Netflix documentary on him, The Black Godfather. Matthew Belloni, Town & Country, "Ted Sarandos and Nicole Avant Are Redefining Power for the 21st Century," 22 Oct. 2020 Moscow and Ankara, which also intervened on opposite sides of the conflict in Syria, each aspire to the role of regional power broker and have used mercenaries to advance their goals. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Turkish-Backed Syrian Fighters Join Armenian-Azeri Conflict," 14 Oct. 2020 Pembina’s ambitions were bolstered by a trifecta of Trump administration policies and legislation cemented by the end of 2018 aimed at undercutting China as Asia’s chief power broker. Lee Van Der Voo, ProPublica, "It’s His Land. Now a Canadian Company Gets to Take It.," 1 Oct. 2011 Lucas is a longtime Democratic legislator and a key power broker in the state Senate, joining the chamber in 1992. CBS News, "Virginia lawmaker charged with "injury to" a Confederate monument," 18 Aug. 2020 The Padres are another power broker in San Diego, and have cultivated ties within the mayor’s office for decades. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Will Faulconer broker deal on arena, soccer stadium? History isn’t kind," 4 Aug. 2020 The Texas Supreme Court has refused to hear several challenges by a Houston conservative power broker to emergency orders on coronavirus issued by Gov. Greg Abbott and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Texas Supreme Court lets coronavirus orders stand, despite outcry by conservatives," 31 July 2020 Wong, whose ties to City Hall go back decades and who was close to the late Chinatown power broker Rose Pak, has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with the FBI. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "It started with Mohammed Nuru. Who knows where SF City Hall corruption investigation will end?," 28 June 2020

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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 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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