Meaning of “the powers that be” in the English Dictionary

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"the powers that be" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “the powers that be” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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