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tin god

a self-important, dictatorial person in a position of authority, as an employer, military officer, critic, or teacher.
a person who considers himself or herself infallible and tries to impose judgments, beliefs, standards of behavior, etc., on subordinates. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tin god
Historical Examples
  • He's the tin god of ten or fifteen thousand Injuns and half-breeds.

    The Belted Seas Arthur Colton
  • It will do 'em good to let it out at a tin god, if they don't know any better.

    The Vision of Elijah Berl Frank Lewis Nason
  • And as she thinks him a tin god on wheels, she ceased to argue.

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • The Boss pirate was shot by me—a big six foot Northern Chinee, got up, to kill, like a tin god.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for tin god

tin god

a self-important dictatorial person
a person erroneously regarded as holy or venerable
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Idioms and Phrases with tin god

tin god

A self-important, dictatorial, petty person who imposes ideas, beliefs, and standards on subordinates. For example, The officials in these small towns often act like tin gods. The tin in this expression alludes to the fact that tin is a base metal with relatively little value. [ Late 1800s ]
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