Pooh-bah



[poo bah] /ˈpu ˌbɑ/

noun, (often lowercase)
1.
a person who holds several positions, especially ones that give him or her bureaucratic importance.
2.
a leader, authority, or other important person:
one of the pooh bahs of the record industry.
3.
a pompous, self-important person.
/ˈpuːˈbɑː/
noun
1.
a pompous self-important official holding several offices at once and fulfilling none of them
n.

“leader who maintains excessive bureaucratic control,” 1888, from Pooh-Bah, the name of the “Lord High Everything Else” character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” (1885).

A self-important person of high position and great influence. Pooh-Bah is a character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado; his title is Lord-High-Everything-Else.

noun

An important person; a self-important person; big shot, honcho, vip: where presidents and pooh-bahs commune

[1888+; fr the character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado who holds many high offices, the name probably coined fr two exclamations of contempt and derision]

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