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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…
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