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Chief of Staff

the senior officer of the U.S. Army or Air Force, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, responsible to the secretary of a service branch.
(lowercase) the senior or principal staff officer in a brigade or division or higher unit in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps, in a numbered unit in the U.S. Air Force, or in a unit in the U.S. Navy commanded by a rear admiral or one of higher rank.
(lowercase) the senior officer in command of a general staff, especially that of the military forces of a nation.
(lowercase) the head of any staff:
the chief of staff for the First Lady.
Origin of Chief of Staff
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was a very keen bright day, worthier of General January than his chief-of-staff.

    Witching Hill E. W. Hornung
  • Colonel Strain, as chief-of-staff, had a sleepless night of it.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • He was chief-of-staff to General Rosecrans, and showed great gallantry in the tremendous battle of Chickamauga.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • But his face changed as he read, then glanced up at his chief-of-staff.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • Not one man in a hundred,' says Appleton, I not one man in a hundred, reaches his chief-of-staff.'

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The chief-of-staff smiled, but the General darkened and pressed his questions.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • As soon as a search-light was seen in a Russian fort, our chief-of-staff would order, Hit that!

    Human Bullets Tadayoshi Sakurai
  • The General turned an arch smile of perplexity upon his chief-of-staff.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Never did a General and his chief-of-staff, in a more unseemly state of cachinnation, ride along a picket-line.

    The Black Phalanx Joseph T. Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for chief-of-staff

Chief of Staff

the senior staff officer under the commander of a major military formation or organization
the senior officer of each service of the armed forces
Abbreviation C of S, COS
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for chief-of-staff

chief of staff

noun phrase

An army officer's wife (1970s+ Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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