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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Recent Examples on the Web There was an excitement, and then it would just get watered down a little bit by the powers that be. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 14 June 2024 Digital technology, including social media, has flattened hierarchies and emboldened the masses, who consequently hold the powers that be in less and less awe and more and more to account. Robert D. Kaplan, Foreign Affairs, 8 Aug. 2023 That all changed thanks to the help of a few pivotal Mattel employees who passionately told the powers that be that little Black girls deserved to have Black Barbies. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 19 June 2024 Fortunately, the powers that be, and Sterling, 85, had already planned for a reduction in his 2024 schedule. Bob Raissman, New York Daily News, 15 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for the powers that be 

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“The powers that be.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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