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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But Merrill’s eat-what-you-kill power brokers chafed at the merger with the Southern consumer bank. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Bank of America Is Missing Out on Wall Street’s Boom," 13 Oct. 2018 Among Libyan actors, the report found that forces led by Khalifa Hifter, who has emerged as eastern Libya’s most influential power broker, have been responsible for the largest share of civilian deaths since 2012. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "Air war in post-revolution Libya has left at least 230 civilians dead, report finds," 19 June 2018 Here are the top power brokers, interest groups, and ideologies that notched victories, or got licked, on Primary Day. Holly Otterbein, Philly.com, "The biggest winners and losers in Pennsylvania's 2018 primary election," 17 May 2018 Simon’s Bar & Cafe, a Sacramento landmark popular with the city’s power brokers and politicos, has been closed due to health violations. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Simon’s restaurant closed by health inspectors," 15 Jan. 2018 Charlie Stillitano, the veteran power broker who runs the ICC, told the Inquirer and Daily News that work is underway to expand next year’s tournament to 16 teams. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "International Champions Cup women's tournament eyes expansion to 16 teams," 31 May 2018 Finally, after two SEC teams, LSU and Alabama, played in the BCS national championship game after the 2011 season, the rest of college football’s power brokers constructed the current postseason system. Ralph D. Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "Mike Silva; pushed SEC to collegiate successes," 17 May 2018 More broadly, many of his supporters certainly believed that their own party’s power brokers worked against them and that the political system, steered by financial institutions and dominated by coastal elites, was stacked against them. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "If Faith in Democracy Ebbs, Danger Rises," 2 July 2018 But in the centers of music-industry clout—which in the U.S. meant New York and Los Angeles—power brokers were slow to take house seriously. Yana Kunichoff, Chicago Reader, "Entertainment lawyer Jay B. Ross fought for the people who made the music he loved," 19 Apr. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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

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