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Monday, February 19, 2018

Definitions for bossdom

  1. the status, influence, or power of a boss, especially a political boss.
  2. bossism.

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Citations for bossdom
Señor So-and-so is the most powerful boss in the province of Tarragona, and even at that there are those who dispute his bossdom. Pío Baroja, Caesar or Nothing, translated by Louis How, 1919
This was Lepke's first bid for bossdom. He was ready to try his theories. Meyer Berger, "Lepke," Life, February 28, 1944
Origin of bossdom
1885-1890
Bossdom has a crude, graceless sound. It is originally an Americanism referring to the bosses of political machines at the municipal and state level. Bossdom first entered English in the late 19th century.