[pleys-muh n]

noun, plural place·men. British.

a person appointed to a position, especially one in the government, as a reward for political support of an elected official.

Origin of placeman

First recorded in 1735–45; place + -man
Related formsplace·man·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -men

British derogatory a person who holds a public office, esp for private profit and as a reward for political support
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