his nibs

nibs

[nibz]
noun
his/her nibs, Informal: Often Facetious. a person in authority, especially one who is demanding and tyrannical: His nibs wants fresh strawberries in December.

Origin:
1815–25; origin uncertain

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nibs (nɪbz)
 
n
slang (functioning as singular) his nibs a mock title used of someone in authority
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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nibs
esp. in His Nibs "boss, employer, self-important person," 1821, of unknown origin.
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nib (nĭb)
n.
The smooth or serrated portion of a dental instrument that comes into contact with restorative material being condensed.

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