pooh-bah

Pooh Bah

[poo bah]
noun (often lowercase)
1.
a person who holds several positions, especially ones that give him or her bureaucratic importance.
2.
a leader, authority, or other important person: one of the pooh bahs of the record industry.
3.
a pompous, self-important person.
Also, Pooh-Bah, poobah.


Origin:
1880–85; after a character in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, who holds all of the high offices of state simultaneously and uses them for personal gain

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Pooh-Bah (ˈpuːˈbɑː)
 
n
a pompous self-important official holding several offices at once and fulfilling none of them
 
[C19: after the character, the Lord-High-Everything-Else, in The Mikado (1885), a light opera by Gilbert and Sullivan]

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Pooh-Bah
1888, name of the "Lord High Everything Else" in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" (1885).
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Pooh-Bah definition


A self-important person of high position and great influence. Pooh-Bah is a character in Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Mikado; his title is Lord-High-Everything-Else.

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