the powers that be

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Definition of the powers that be

: the people who decide what is allowed or acceptable in a group, organization, etc. The students wanted to have a big party, but the powers that be didn't approve.

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“The powers that be.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20powers%20that%20be. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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