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powerbroker

or power broker

[pou-er-broh-ker] /ˈpaʊ ərˌbroʊ kər/
noun
1.
a person who wields great political, governmental, or financial power.
Origin of powerbroker
1960-1965
An Americanism dating back to 1960-65; power + broker
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Word Origin and History for power-broker
n.

1961, apparently coined by T.H. White in reference to the 1960 U.S. presidential election; from power (n.) + broker (n.).

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