powers that be

powers that be
The holders of power or the authorities in a given situation, especially as seen as being faceless or unreasonably bureaucratic.

It appeared as though the hospital at Barchester would fall into abeyance, unless the powers that be should take some steps towards putting it once more into working order.


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  • powers that be — Same as constituted authorities …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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