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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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References in classic literature ?
There was, to be sure, Father Joseph, but his name was never pronounced but with a subdued voice, such was the terror inspired by his Gray Eminence, as the cardinal's familiar was called.
-- stands as the most prominent possible next "Gray Eminence." But he has to decide what he's going to do with the rest of his career.
Invited by Bobby Joseph, the industry's Gray Eminence, the guests included PAL's Jimmy Bautista, former secretary Mina Gabor, hotel GMs, travel operators.
The book's blurb describes him thus: "Seen by many to be the gray eminence, Jose T.
When speaking of President Carter, who may correctly be viewed as the gray eminence of global gloom, Sabin exhibits his innate reluctance to criticize greens, even when they are (as they usually are) profoundly wrong.
To me personally, he is the gray eminence of the UCK in Macedonia," Hadziu said.