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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Definitions for Throttlebottom

  1. (sometimes lowercase) a harmless incompetent in public office.

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Citations for Throttlebottom
If there was one function that any vice president, even a Throttlebottom, could be expected to perform it was to represent the president and the country at funerals of notables abroad. Carl Solberg, Hubert Humphrey: A Biography, 1984
His excess of humility on being thrust from the job of Throttlebottom to the job of chief executive was a purely temporary phenomenon. John Chamberlain, "Washington in June," Life, June 11, 1945
Origin of Throttlebottom
The term Throttlebottom was formed after the character Alexander Throttlebottom in the musical comedy Of Thee I Sing (1932).