sidewalk superintendent

sidewalk superintendent

noun Informal.
a bystander who watches the building, demolition, repair, or other work being done at a construction site.

Origin:
1945–50

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  1. n.
    someone who—out of curiosity—watches excavations being dug and buildings being built. : All day, the lines of sidewalk superintendents oozed by.
  2. n.
    any critic. : If another sidewalk superintendent comes in here and tries to tell me how to manage this office, heads will roll.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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