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jack-in-office

noun
  1. a self-important petty official
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  • But on the other hand, these equalitarian plainnesses leave an open field for the insolence of Jack-in-office.

    Across the Plains

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • But between a "wise administrator" and a "jack-in-office" there is all the difference in the world.

    Loyal to the School

    Angela Brazil

  • They warned off the rabble with the insolence every jack-in-office displays towards his inferiors.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy

  • Jack-in-office looked out of his open door and grinned to himself in amused understanding.

    The Daughters of a Genius

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • For the honour of Russian postmasters in general, I am glad to say that such specimens as the jack-in-office at Kstavo are rare.