[hon-choh] Slang.
noun, plural honchos.
a leader, especially an assertive leader; chief.
verb (used with object)
to organize, supervise, or be the leader of: She volunteered to honcho the new project.

1945–50; < Japanese hanchō squad or group leader, equivalent to han squad (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese bān) + -chō eldest, chief (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese zhǎng)

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honcho (ˈhɒntʃəʊ)
n , pl -chos
1.  the person in charge; the boss
2.  to supervise or be in charge of
[C20: from Japanese han'chō group leader]

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Word Origin & History

1947, Amer.Eng. "officer in charge," from Japanese hancho "group leader," from han "corps, squad" + cho "head, chief." Picked up by U.S. servicemen in Japan and Korea, 1947-1953.
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Example sentences
He had ambitions, of course, but becoming head honcho was not among them.
Thirty minutes with the campus chief honcho versus years of collegial scrutiny.
In fact, in light of the honcho's preview, it seemed rather good.
The mayhem begins when the head honcho of a financially struggling studio turns
  a lost dog into a legend.
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