power broker


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The list includes three posthumous award recipients: Steve Jobs, the pioneering co-founder of Apple; John McCain, the longtime Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate; and Richard Trumka, the A.F.L.-C.I.O. president and Democratic power broker. Peter Baker, New York Times, 1 July 2022 The far north suburb was spurned in 2008 when regulators, citing ties between developers and a Springfield power broker who later went to federal prison, knocked it out of contention for a license that ultimately went to Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, 7 Dec. 2021 As an owner, Richardson was one of the NFL's most influential figures and a major power broker. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2023 For Faraidoon Momand, a former member of the Afghan government and a local power broker in Jalalabad, the worsening economic situation in the country is also driving the Islamic State’s recruitment. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 Irsay is the first NFL power broker to publicly acknowledge the prospect of forcing Snyder out. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Oct. 2022 Little on Robert Dowling’s early resume screamed Hollywood power broker. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2022 Republicans rejected that argument, however, and backed Greene’s resolution — endorsing the legislation of a politician who has quickly transformed from fringe House member to influential party power broker. John Hudson, Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2022 Pelosi made the announcement Thursday morning on the floor of the House, tracing her journey from child visitor to D.C. power broker. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of power broker was in 1961

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“Power broker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20broker. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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