pooh-bah
also poo-bah noun Usage: often capitalized P&B Etymology: Pooh-Bah, character in Gilbert and Sullivan's opera The Mikado (1885) bearing the title Lord-High-Everything-Else Date: 1888 1. a person holding many public or private offices 2. a person in high position or of great influence

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  • Pooh-Bah — [po͞o′bä΄] n. 〚after Pooh Bah, a character in Gilbert & Sullivan s The Mikado (1885) /span> POOH1 + BAH〛 Informal an official or leader who maintains full control as by holding several offices * * * Pooh Bah …   Universalium

  • Pooh Bah — /pooh bah /, (often l.c.) 1. a person who holds several positions, esp. 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… …   Universalium

  • pooh-bah — [ˈpu: ba:] n informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Pooh Bah, character with the title Lord High Everything Else in the operetta The Mikado by W.S.Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan] someone who is important or powerful used to show that you do not respect… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pooh-bah — [po͞o′bä΄] n. [after Pooh Bah, a character in Gilbert & Sullivan s The Mikado (1885) < POOH1 + BAH] Informal an official or leader who maintains full control as by holding several offices …   English World dictionary

  • Pooh Bah — /pooh bah /, (often l.c.) 1. a person who holds several positions, esp. 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pooh-Bah — 1888, name of the Lord High Everything Else in Gilbert and Sullivan s The Mikado (1885) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pooh-Bah — /ˈpu ba/ (say pooh bah) noun (also lower case) a pompous person, especially an official. {from the character Pooh Bah, the Lord High Everything Else, in Gilbert and Sullivan s opera, The Mikado (1885) …   Australian English dictionary

  • pooh-bah — n. (also pooh bah) a holder of many offices at once. Etymology: a character in W. S. Gilbert s The Mikado (1885) * * * (also poo bah) /ˈpuːˌbɑː/ noun, pl bahs [count] often disapproving : a person who has a lot of power or influence an annual… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pooh-bah —  Person who holds many offices at once, from the character Pooh Bah in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Pooh Bah — person who holds several influential administrative positions; arrogant commander, one who exaggerates about himself (like the character in the operetta Mikado ) …   English contemporary dictionary

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