Powers That Be Meaning

(idiomatic) The holders of power or the authorities in a given situation, especially if seen as being faceless or unreasonably bureaucratic.

Example: 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, ch. 2,
  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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