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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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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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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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