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powers that be nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (those in command)autoridades nfplnombre femenino plural: Sustantivo femenino que se usa únicamente en plural ("exequias", "albricias").
 The powers that be say that we must pay taxes.
 Las autoridades dicen que debemos pagar impuestos.
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