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éminence grise

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈem.ɪ.nɒ̃sˌɡriːz/ (plural éminences grises uk   us   /ˈem.ɪ.nɒ̃sˌɡriːz/ ) (also grey eminence)
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.
Translations of “éminence grise”
in Chinese (Traditional) 幕後策劃(幕後掌握實權的人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 幕后策划(幕后掌握实权的人)…
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