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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A person or organization having great power and influence in the selection of a candidate for an important position.
The term was originally applied to Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, as "Warwick the Kingmaker" during the Wars of the Roses. Earliest documented use: 1595.
"In recruiting them for SNL, Lorne Michaels has played kingmaker to some of US comedy's biggest names. 'Think the Godfather with a whoopee cushion', one critic wrote."
Jon Swaine; The Inscrutable Kingmaker of Comedy; The Guardian (London, UK); Feb 17, 2014.
See more usage examples of kingmaker in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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