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“éminence grise” in British English

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éminence grisenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈem.ɪ.nɒ̃s ˌɡriːz/ us /ˈem.ɪ.nɑ̃ːs ˌɡriːz/ plural éminences grises us uk /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.

(Definition of “éminence grise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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