gray eminence

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gray eminence

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gray′ em′inence


n.
a person who wields unofficial power, esp. through another person and often surreptitiously or privately. Also called éminence grise.
[1940–45; translation of French éminence grise]
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According to tradition, the Church was built on the former house and carpentry workshop of Joseph, father of Jesus.
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Krish had an explanation, "The Jews invest in their sons, a tradition that began with Abraham and continued through Joseph, father of Jesus".