throttle bottoms

Throttlebottom

[throt-l-bot-uhm]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
a harmless incompetent in public office.

Origin:
after Alexander Throttlebottom, character in Of Thee I Sing (1932), musical comedy by George S. Kaufman and Morris Ryskind

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