kingmaker NOUN a person who brings leaders to power through the exercise of political influence.
ORIGIN used originally with reference to the Earl of Warwick (1428 71), known as Warwick the Kingmaker.

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  • kingmaker — noun a person who brings leaders to power through the exercise of political influence. Origin used orig. with ref. to the Earl of Warwick (1428–71), known as Warwick the Kingmaker …   English new terms dictionary

  • kingmaker — noun Date: 1599 one having great influence over the choice of candidates for political office …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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