What would happen if Rennie, the dear mother and straw-boss of us all, should slip before a car and be seriously injured to-night?
He was a new man, and therefore was expected to take signals from the oldest man on the job,—a sort of straw-boss.
A straw-boss, to be sure, but still a boss—and now he had lost his job.
One time the grown men and women was choppin' two rows to our one, and a straw-boss slave twit us and call us lazy.
He had bluffed the straw-boss, sure enough; but still the thing wasnt entirely satisfactory.
Swamp's End—and the roaring hilarity thereof—for man and boy, straw-boss and cookee, of the lumber-jacks!
Bud Spillman, out of all the hundreds of thousands of possible men, had been made his straw-boss at the "Trailer."
[1894+; said to be fr the arrangement of a threshing crew, where the chief would superintend the grain itself, and the second the straw; perhaps fr Dutch stroodekkerbaas]