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the unacknowledged leader/authority etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe unacknowledged leader/authority etcthe unacknowledged leader/authority etcSTHINK/HAVE THE OPINION THATsomeone who is a leader etc but who has not publicly or officially been given that position unacknowledged
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the unacknowledged leader/authority etcIn the hierarchy of Balniddrie-although pecking-order might be a more accurate term-Kara was the unacknowledged leader.
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