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straw boss

a member of a work crew, as in a factory or logging camp, who acts as a boss; assistant foreman.
Origin of straw boss
1890-95, Americanism


[straw-baws, -bos] /ˈstrɔˌbɔs, -ˌbɒs/
verb (used with object)
to act as a straw boss to:
She was assigned to straw-boss the night shift. Unabridged
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  • straw boss, wood walkers, and ground men, they were all hungry.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • He had not gone himself, but took a straw boss's job in the pipe mill.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • The patients are of more concern than the personal comfort of any straw boss or administrator.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • He was a straw boss or foreman, Ramsay decided, and his voice betrayed his New England forebears.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • If anyone gets fresh the straw boss can jump him, or kick him out, but those that stick with the gang have to listen to him.

    The Onslaught from Rigel Fletcher Pratt
  • I rode over there this afternoon an' Lawler's straw boss put me to work.

    The Trail Horde Charles Alden Seltzer
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with straw boss

straw boss

A subordinate boss, a worker who supervises other workers as well as performing regular duties. For example, Jim was pleased when he was promoted to straw boss. This term alludes to the person's position as a straw man, that is, a front or cover for the real boss and of only nominal importance. [ Late 1800s ]
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