empire builder


a person who plans or works to extend dominion or control, as over territory, political organizations, or business enterprises.

Origin of empire builder

First recorded in 1890–95
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informal a person who seeks extra power for its own sake, esp by increasing the number of his subordinates or staff

Derived Forms

empire-building, noun, adjective
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