the establishment

noun

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: the part of a particular group that has power or control His novels were disliked by the literary establishment. the medical establishment

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“The establishment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20establishment. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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