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jack-in-office

noun
1.
a self-important petty official
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  • But between a "wise administrator" and a "jack-in-office" there is all the difference in the world.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • But on the other hand, these equalitarian plainnesses leave an open field for the insolence of jack-in-office.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
  • jack-in-office looked out of his open door and grinned to himself in amused understanding.

    The Daughters of a Genius Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • They warned off the rabble with the insolence every jack-in-office displays towards his inferiors.

    The Great Mogul Louis Tracy
  • For the honour of Russian postmasters in general, I am glad to say that such specimens as the jack-in-office at Kstavo are rare.

  • He was never shocked, and nothing made him angry, except cruelty or a jack-in-office.

    A Young Man's Year Anthony Hope
  • Just another example of pettish bureaucracy, the officiousness of the jack-in-office.

  • She's full of red-tape notions, and a jack-in-office to-day because the Empress has left her in charge.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil

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