- to act as a straw boss to: She was assigned to straw-boss the night shift.
- a member of a work crew, as in a factory or logging camp, who acts as a boss; assistant foreman.
Origin of straw boss
Examples from the Web for straw-boss
A straw-boss, to be sure, but still a boss—and now he had lost his job.Bat Wing Bowles
He was a new man, and therefore was expected to take signals from the oldest man on the job,—a sort of straw-boss.The Last Spike
One time the grown men and women was choppin' two rows to our one, and a straw-boss slave twit us and call us lazy.Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2
Works Projects Administration
What would happen if Rennie, the dear mother and straw-boss of us all, should slip before a car and be seriously injured to-night?The Crimson Thread
Roy J. Snell
Bud Spillman, out of all the hundreds of thousands of possible men, had been made his straw-boss at the "Trailer."Plowing On Sunday
Idioms and Phrases with straw-boss
A subordinate boss, a worker who supervises other workers as well as performing regular duties. For example, Jim was pleased when he was promoted to straw boss. This term alludes to the person's position as a straw man, that is, a front or cover for the real boss and of only nominal importance. [Late 1800s]