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English definition of “the powers that be”

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the powers that be

important people who have authority over others: It's up to the powers that be to decide what should be done next.
Translations of “the powers that be”
in Chinese (Traditional) 當權派, 權力集團…
in Chinese (Simplified) 当权派, 权力集团…
(Definition of the powers that be from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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