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little tin god

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little tin god

noun phrase

A petty and self-important figure (1886+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • The duke may remain a duke, but he wont be such a little tin god on wheels.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • Hes a little tin god on wheels, Margaret, that can do no wrong.

    The Turn of the Tide

    Eleanor H. Porter
  • He thinks he's a little tin god on wheels—and honestly, it makes some people weak and sick just to think about him!

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • Well, it was about time something happened to those noiseless wheels of the little tin god!

    The Case and Exceptions

    Frederick Trevor Hill
  • “Sort of little tin god,” said Mike, taking a violent dislike to Adair from that moment.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • Piddie has him down for a little tin god, all right, and that wa'n't such a fool move of Piddie's, either.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • A week or two more and the "little tin god" would go down off his wheels.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • "Oh, your little tin god on wheels is not the only one," replied Helena, the astute.

    The Californians

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • A little tin god has a pleasant time of it, no doubt, until the coming of the eighteen carat gold idol.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You say there was a light in the tent—I suppose Anson was there tinkering with his little tin god of a timepiece.

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