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éminence grise

noun [C] uk   /ˈem.ɪ.nɒ̃sˌɡriːz/ (plural éminences grises     /ˈem.ɪ.nɒ̃sˌɡriːz/) (also grey eminence) us  
someone without an official position who has power or influence over rulers or people who make decisions: Civil servants are the ones who really have the power - they are the éminences grises behind the government ministers.Powerful people and dictators
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