the power behind the throne

noun phrase

: the person who secretly controls a country, organization, etc., by controlling the actions and decisions of the official leader
He's the company president, but his assistant is the (real) power behind the throne.

Examples of the power behind the throne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As president, Medvedev was constitutionally charged with directing foreign policy, but everybody understood that Putin was the power behind the throne. Boris Bondarev, Foreign Affairs, 17 Oct. 2022

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“The power behind the throne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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