noun, plural placemen. British.
a person appointed to a position, especially one in the government, as a reward for political support of an elected official.

1735–45; place + -man

placemanship, noun Unabridged
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placeman (ˈpleɪsmən)
n , pl -men
derogatory (Brit) a person who holds a public office, esp for private profit and as a reward for political support

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