straw boss
noun Date: 1894 1. an assistant to a foreman in charge of supervising and expediting the work of a small group of workers 2. a member of a group of workers who supervises the work of the others in addition to doing his or her own job

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • straw-boss — /straw baws , bos /, v.t. to act as a straw boss to: She was assigned to straw boss the night shift. * * * …   Universalium

  • straw boss — straw′ boss n. a member of a work crew, as in a factory or logging camp, who acts as a boss; assistant foreman • Etymology: 1890–95, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • straw boss — ☆ straw boss n. Informal 1. a person having subordinate authority, as a foreman s assistant 2. a supervisor who has little or no authority to support his orders …   English World dictionary

  • straw-boss — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ transitive verb Etymology: straw boss : to function as a straw boss at or over was straw bossing the dam work Reader s Digest * * * /straw baws , bos /, v.t. to act as a straw boss to: She was assigned to straw boss the night shift …   Useful english dictionary

  • straw boss — noun a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers • Syn: ↑assistant foreman • Hypernyms: ↑foreman, ↑chief, ↑gaffer, ↑honcho, ↑boss * * * noun 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • straw boss — {n.} 1. The boss of a few workers who is himself under another boss or foreman. * /The straw boss told Jim he would have to see the foreman about a job./ 2, A man who works himself and also bosses a few other workers. * /Smith worked better than… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • straw boss — {n.} 1. The boss of a few workers who is himself under another boss or foreman. * /The straw boss told Jim he would have to see the foreman about a job./ 2, A man who works himself and also bosses a few other workers. * /Smith worked better than… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • straw\ boss — noun 1. the boss of a few workers who is himself under another boss or foreman. The straw boss told Jim he would have to see the foreman about a job. 2, a man who works himself and also bosses a few other workers. Smith worked better than the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • straw boss — n. a foreman; anyone who is second in command. □ The straw boss gave the order, and off we went. □ I don’t mind being a straw boss as long as they pay me …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • straw boss — /ˈstrɔ bɒs/ (say straw bos) noun Chiefly US a subordinate boss …   Australian English dictionary

  • straw boss — a member of a work crew, as in a factory or logging camp, who acts as a boss; assistant foreman. [1890 95, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

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