eminence grise

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(French) a person who exercises power or influence in certain areas without holding an official position

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Through most of his professional career as a diplomat, Mishra lived under the shadow of the reputation of his father, Dwarka Prasad Mishra, considered an early eminence grise of the Congress because of his close relationship with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Soros, who is quickly becoming an eminence grise on the topic of the euro zone financial crisis, was making an appearance following the publication of an editorial in the Financial Times, where he warned the negotiating stance of German chancellor Angela Merkel going into this summit "threatens to turn the June summit into a fiasco.
Moving on through his eminence grise career, Panetta cited his recent time as director of the CIA.
Originally, the fury was aimed primarily at Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, the president's chief of staff, who was routinely seen at his side and viewed as an eminence grise.
And I consider myself a young Turk in the newsroom, even though the actual young Turks think of me as some sort of bumbling eminence grise.
The author quickly earned the enmity of such key figures in the Blair regime as the Prime Minister's sharpish wife and his ever conniving eminence grise Peter Mandelson.
Helmuth Rilling, the festival's eminence grise, conducts the full festival chorus and orchestra for the two performances of Beethoven.
Aplin, playing a supple, Svengali-like eminence grise, orchestrates a conflict tango between Howe and Duncan.
He is the undisputed eminence grise, who is incredibly well liked and respected.
The Eminence Grise Partnership were out in force to welcome Woodlark Island after a game front-running win in the 2m handicap chase.
It is as if Russell Kirk had written the most damning indictment of the Vietnam War and then become the eminence grise of SDS.
If Lord Cromer for long the eminence grise ensuring an Egypt pliant to Britain was a model of heavy-jowled imperturbability then Flora Shaw supporter and later wife of Lugard of East Africa was a live-wire get-you-on-board journalist with the Times (her employer) in her pocket.
Ross is late-twenties-year-old public intellectual with the sensibility of a 60-year eminence grise, the range of a Hitchens, the pitch of a conservative AJP Taylor, the conscience of a Neibuhr and the intellectual honesty of his frequent sparring partner, Andrew Sullivan.
It was Labour's eminence grise, the puppet master behind the scenes, Tom McCabe, who was actually responsible.
Summary: Youssef Chahine, the eminence grise of Egyptian cinema and one of the best-known Arab film directors, died Sunday in Cairo.