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empire builder

a person who plans or works to extend dominion or control, as over territory, political organizations, or business enterprises.
Origin of empire builder
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "He's missed W——'s expression entirely," said the empire builder.

  • The grandeur of Pitt's efforts for ensuring the independence of Europe has somewhat obscured his services as empire builder.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • At his preparatory school he came under the influence of an empire builder, who used to appeal to the emotions of his form.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • With an ardent imagination and yet great practical good sense, Wyeth had the material for an empire builder.

  • Here he met Rhodes and an association began which continued until the death of the empire builder.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • The straight lips of the empire builder tightened as his eyes gleamed over the soft luxury of his daughter's boudoir.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • That characteristic wave of Larkin's hand; the gesture of the empire builder brushing away mountains.

    The Terrible Answer Arthur G. Hill

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