- a person appointed to a position, especially one in the government, as a reward for political support of an elected official.
Origin of placeman
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Examples from the Web for placemen
The canons, prebends, and placemen had been chosen with great care.Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln
Charles L. Marson
All placemen who had voted against the peace were dismissed.A History of England, Period III.
Rev. J. Franck Bright
I saw no placemen and pensioners, riding the people under foot.
I except against Courtiers and Placemen, considered as such.An Humble Address and Earnest Appeal to Those Respectable Personages in Great-Britain and Ireland, Who, by Their Great and Permanent Interest in Landed Property, Their Liberal Education, Elevated Rank, and Enlarged Views, Are the Ablest to Judge, and the Fittest to Decide, Whether a Connection with, Or a Separation from the Continental Colonies of America, Be Most for the National Advantage, and the Lasting Benefit of These Kingdoms
Such a law, if permitted to stand, would have put an end forever to the Berkeley system of rule by placemen.Give Me Liberty
Thomas J. Wertenbaker
- British derogatory a person who holds a public office, esp for private profit and as a reward for political support
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