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agent-general

[ey-juh nt-jen-er-uh l] /ˈeɪ dʒəntˈdʒɛn ər əl/
noun, plural agents-general.
1.
a chief representative.
2.
a person sent to England from a British dominion to represent the interests of the dominion.
Origin of agent-general
1910-1915
First recorded in 1910-15
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  • "It was the middle of the house-party season," said the agent-general mildly.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • Talleyrands labours as agent-general had the effect that he desired.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • It was the custom to find a benefice as a reward for the agent-general when his term was over.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • From 1902 to 1908 he held the office of agent-general of the colony in London.

  • By the way, the Voice is coming down on the evening train with my agent-general.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • On the last occasion an agent-general for one of the great Colonies had sat next her at dinner.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • The agent-general was already arranging for drinks with Penfentenyou at the other end of the garden.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • The agent-general went out over the back of the car, crying resolutely: 'Stop the traffic!

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • In their rear, carrying the lunch-basket, marched the agent-general and Holford the hired chauffeur.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • I was too sore and weak to begin another laugh, but the agent-general crumpled up where he stood.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for agent-general

agent-general

noun (pl) agents-general
1.
a representative in London of a Canadian province or an Australian state
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