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bossdom

[ baws-duhm, bos- ]
/ ˈbɔs dəm, ˈbɒs- /
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noun
the status, influence, or power of a boss, especially a political boss.
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Origin of bossdom

First recorded in 1885–90; boss1 + -dom
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How to use bossdom in a sentence

  • The chief ringster was William M. Tweed, and his name will always be associated in the public mind with political bossdom.

  • New York City is not unique in its experience with political bossdom.

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