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  • v  have and exercise
    wield power and authority
  • v  handle effectively
    The burglar wielded an axe

  • Who's Running the Show? Men who would wield power in an Iraq without Saddam .
  • Nevertheless, the science they wield, if not unsound, is misconstrued.
  • Even if Abhisit wins in December, he won't wield as much power as did Thaksin.
News & Articles

  • Editorial: Talkin' trash about Detroit restructuring
    A request for private-sector companies to take over city trash collection is an object lesson in the power of an emergency manager. Orr can cut through the bureaucratic red tape that's stymied restructuring efforts for years. As Orr's Friday meeting with Detroit's creditors and pensioners looms, let's hope it's a power he's learned to wield deftly.
    June 13, 2013 - Detroit Free Press
  • Iranian election shows waning political influence of Shiite clerics
    Shiite clerics, who once constituted the most important group in Iranian campaigns, no longer wield old clout.
    June 12, 2013 - Washington Post
  • How well do you know your mob bosses and gangsters? Take our organized crime quiz.
    Crime groups including the Mafia have long provoked both fear and fascination. Sometimes mob bosses have risen to wield extraordinary power – seemingly out of reach of the law – in cities in the US and beyond. And often they fall just as spectacularly. Here's a quiz that will test (and elevate) your street smarts in the world of "wise guys."
    June 12, 2013 - The Christian Science Monitor

  • Alan Greenspan in Baltimore Sun
    My biggest frustration remained the president's unwillingness to wield his veto against out-of-control spending,Greenspan wrote in his book.
  • Russ Feingold in New York Observer
    In a June 28 statement, he wrote that "while there are some positive provisions in the final measure, the lack of strong reforms is clear confirmation that Wall Street lobbyists and their allies in Washington continue to wield significant influence...

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