an officeholder, employee, or the like, who accomplishes little, especially a person who holds an interim position.
a person who lounges for long periods sitting in a chair, as in a hotel lobby or clubroom.
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When Janet Yellen was confirmed as leader of the Federal Reserve Board, she changed the title of her position from chairman to chair. Though this shocked the media, who were both elated and censorious, the term chair has been used in this sense for a very long time. Since the 1650s, chair has referred to “the person occupying a seat of office.” Around the same …
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Origin of chair warmer
First recorded in 1905–10
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