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éminence grisenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈem.ɪ.nɒ̃sˌɡriːz/ (plural éminences grises uk   us   /ˈem.ɪ.nɒ̃sˌɡriːz/ ) (also grey eminence)
someone without an ​officialposition 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 ​governmentministers.
(Definition of éminence grise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “éminence grise”
in Chinese (Simplified) 幕后策划(幕后掌握实权的人)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幕後策劃(幕後掌握實權的人)…
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