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queen +‎ maker; compare kingmaker.


queenmaker (plural queenmakers)

  1. Someone who has strong influence over the choice of a female leader.
    • 2008 April 26, Larry Rohter, “Superdelegate Stalemate Shows No Sign of Easing”, in New York Times[1]:
      “The fact is that the unpledged delegate group was added not to be kingmakers or queenmakers but simply to give each state a few extra slots without having to sign in blood for a presidential candidate or run against their own constituents,” he said.