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powerbroker

or pow·er bro·ker

[pou-er-broh-ker]
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noun
  1. a person who wields great political, governmental, or financial power.
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Origin of powerbroker

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; power + broker
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Related Words

fixer, kingmaker, latency, wire-puller

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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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