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placeman

[pleys-muh n]
noun, plural place·men. British.
  1. a person appointed to a position, especially one in the government, as a reward for political support of an elected official.
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Origin of placeman

First recorded in 1735–45; place + -man
Related formsplace·man·ship, noun
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placeman

noun plural -men
  1. British derogatory a person who holds a public office, esp for private profit and as a reward for political support
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