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Captain Obvious

A person who makes a statement or statements of such obvious meaning or implication as to be entirely redundant, superfluous, or unnecessary. Pauline: "The President has said that lower-class families are bearing the brunt of the recession worse than anyone else." Johnny: "Thank you, Captain Obvious!" A: "Your photos are out of focus because you didn't adjust the lens properly." B: "Wow, Captain Obvious strikes again!"
See also: captain, obvious

captain of industry

Fig. a high-ranking corporation officer; a wealthy and successful capitalist. The captains of industry manage to hang on to their money no matter what. It's fun to see those captains of industry drive up in their limousines.
See also: captain, industry, of
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Captain Nichols noticed Strickland for his size and his singular appearance among the crowd that waited for the doors to open; they waited listlessly, some walking to and fro, some leaning against the wall, and others seated on the curb with their feet in the gutter; and when they filed into the office he heard the monk who read his papers address him in English.
I recognised my friend's limited vocabulary, and I prepared to regard Captain Nichols as a trustworthy witness.
cried the captain, shouting at her as if she was fast asleep.
Miss Vanstone, the younger," said the captain, presenting Magdalen.
I told him I did not know his mate Bill, and this was for a person who stayed in our house whom we called the captain.
They were astonished at the puzzling absence of the Captain.
As for Captain Speedy, he continued to howl and growl in his cabin; and Passepartout, whose duty it was to carry him his meals, courageous as he was, took the greatest precautions.
The kind and genial character of the captain had, evidently, its influence on the opposite races thus fortuitously congregated together.
On the very first night Captain Thorn began his man- of-war discipline by ordering the lights in the cabin to be extinguished at eight o'clock.
Charles Hayter was the eldest of all the cousins, and a very amiable, pleasing young man, between whom and Henrietta there had been a considerable appearance of attachment previous to Captain Wentworth's introduction.
But as the captain had the wine they had taken while passing through Moscow, he left the kvass to Morel and applied himself to the bottle of Bordeaux.
At first the captain felt the peace and content of it stealing in upon him; then the consciousness of all that he had gone through and was going through smote him, and he was resentful.
cried the captain, "you don't mean to say she believes in such stuff as that?
The old captain held out a sinewy hand to Anne; they smiled at each other and were friends from that moment.
He, looking over the side, saw, in his own words, 'the captain come sailing round the corner of the nearest cargo-shed, in company with a girl.