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(1) This acronym represents the Apostle Paul's phrase, "the powers that be." It is from his letter to the Romans, chapter 13, verse 1.

(2) It was used by Joss Whedon's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" TV series to describe a specific group of supernatural beings, whose purpose was to maintain the balance of good and evil in the world.
"The powers that be (TPTB) are ordained of God." Romans 13:1
by Cheerful Traveller July 22, 2009
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Commonly used in text messages or social media as a short form for Very Sound Advice.
Mate 1: Hey, I'd be careful risking all that money on one bet. Only risk what you can afford to lose.
Mate 2: Thanks. VSA
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Short for, The Powers That Be meaning government, corporations, authority, god, some others....
Damn I hope TPTB don't start a NWO that destroys our freedom. (Wake Up, Look Around, Think for Yourself, and Those You Care For..)
by pmckart, cause IM NOT AFRAID! January 23, 2011
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Shorthand for "The Powers That Be". Believed to have started in Jossverse, the term refers to the directors, producers, writers, actors, etc. of a certain TV show. Mostly used in cult shows like Stargate, Star Trek, BtVS and the like.
"I was really upset when the TPTB killed off my favorite character."
by Dr. Lucia Zephyr December 26, 2004
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The Powers That Be, a warez re-release group specialising in compressed games and videos with .bat installers which extract the files.
I just downloaded this awesome game from TPTB, it was only 2gb when the original was 10gb!
by qwertyacme December 27, 2010
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A: TPTB is a total pain total bullshit now.
B: What did you expect? It's just talk the talk, walk the walk.

by jaelee11 April 23, 2008
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