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placeman

[pleys-muh n] /ˈpleɪs mən/
noun, plural placemen. British
1.
a person appointed to a position, especially one in the government, as a reward for political support of an elected official.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; place + -man
Related forms
placemanship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for placeman

placeman

/ˈpleɪsmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(Brit, derogatory) a person who holds a public office, esp for private profit and as a reward for political support
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