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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Arguing the tournament case for teams like Oklahoma or Syracuse is preferable for the game’s power brokers to arguing about the credibility and legitimacy of major college basketball’s way of life. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "There’s a dark cloud hanging over this year’s NCAA Tournament," 12 Mar. 2018 The best of those N.B.A. players are also power brokers behind the scenes. John Branch, New York Times, "Why the N.F.L. and the N.B.A. Are So Far Apart on Social Justice Stances," 22 June 2018 With his name recognition and strong connections to Democratic power brokers across the country, Biden would likely enter a presidential contest a top-tier candidate, if not the front-runner. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "AP source: Biden to meet with family as he ponders 2020," 12 Dec. 2018 Consolidating its role as a key power broker in the Middle East, Russia is also stepping up trade with Iran’s rivals. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Russia and Iran, Military Allies, Are Fast Becoming Economic Rivals," 23 Sep. 2018 Because Bryant developed a relationship with Jerry Buss, so did Pelinka, and the three power brokers used to meet at the owner’s home in Playa del Rey. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Summer of Showtime: Why All Eyes Will Be on the Lakers," 17 Apr. 2018 Over two decades in the public eye, David Meinert has been described as a power broker, a tenacious businessman and an activist. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Dave Meinert sexual-misconduct allegations reverberate through Seattle’s music, nightlife, political circles," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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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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