In every community like this you'll find one local 'pooh-bah' who runs things pretty much as he likes.
But pooh-bah declares "I must set bounds to my insatiable ambition."
This is what pooh-bah calls "corroborative detail intended to give artistic verisimilitude to a bald and unconvincing narrative."
A corporation is not a commercial pooh-bah, divided into unrelated sections.
Great should be the gratitude of passage-selling Combines to pooh-bah; and they ought to cherish his memory when he dies.
pooh-bah, it seems that the festivities in connection with my approaching marriage must last a week.
“pooh-bah will do a better job than I could,” Fay assured him.
Every one of us, or almost every one of us, does in reality fulfil almost as many offices as pooh-bah.
Fay sighed and gave simultaneously with pooh-bah the now-familiar triple-jointed shrug.
Instead of being “a very powerful chief having many Indians under his control”—a kind of “pooh-bah”—he was merely a pioneer.
"leader who maintains excessive bureaucratic control," 1888, from Pooh-Bah, the name of the "Lord High Everything Else" character in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" (1885).