Pooh Bah

[ poo bah ]
/ ˈpu ˌbɑ /

noun (often lowercase)

a person who holds several positions, especially ones that give him or her bureaucratic importance.
a leader, authority, or other important person: one of the pooh bahs of the record industry.
a pompous, self-important person.

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Also Pooh-Bah, poobah.

Origin of Pooh Bah

First recorded in 1880–85; after a character in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, who holds all of the high offices of state simultaneously and uses them for personal gain
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