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Pooh Bah

[poo bah] /ˈpu ˌbɑ/
noun, (often lowercase)
a person who holds several positions, especially ones that give him or her bureaucratic importance.
a leader, authority, or other important person:
one of the pooh bahs of the record industry.
a pompous, self-important person.
Also, Pooh-Bah, poobah.
Origin of Pooh Bah
First recorded in 1880-85; after a character in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, who holds all of the high offices of state simultaneously and uses them for personal gain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The general housework servant has already been referred to as a Pooh Bah in petticoats.

    The Expert Maid-Servant Cristine Terhune Herrick
  • Pooh Bah may be a very able statesman, entitled to exert his legitimate influence.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome

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