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Colonel Blimp

An older man who is pompous or irritable and adheres to an outdated ideology. The name comes from a British comic strip character that first appeared in the London Evening Standard newspaper in 1934. Primarily heard in UK. He's such a Colonel Blimp when he starts ranting about his views on welfare and the poor.
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a Colonel Blimp

  (British old-fashioned)
an old man who has old-fashioned ideas and believes he is very important He's very much a Colonel Blimp with his comments about foreign influences dividing our society.
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The colonel is long-winded, but then I expect he's lonesome.
The Colonel drank numerous "toddies" during the course of the day, which left him, however, imperturbed.
On the score of delicacy, or any scrupulousness which a finer sensibility might have taught him, the Colonel, like most of his breed and generation, was impenetrable.
At the park she laughed at the colonel, and in the cottage at Marianne.
Forward then, my respectable privy councillor," replied Colonel Philippe, whistling to the dogs, who seemed more willing to obey him than the public functionary to whom they belonged.
And, besides," added Passepartout, "I'll take charge of him, colonel as he is.
He jerked and wrenched savagely at his bridle, stop- ping the hard-breathing animal with a furious pull near the colonel of the regiment.
Colonel Fitzwilliam had called at the Parsonage more than once during the time, but Mr.
I scarcely know how to describe this person, who, to my simple eyes, had the appearance of a colonel of the late Royal Guards, or, at least, of an attache of one of the northern legations.
Though the Colonel said awful things, and the Majors snorted, and married Captains looked unutterable wisdom, and the juniors scoffed, those two were engaged.
Kim looked up hurriedly and saw Colonel Creighton in tennis- flannels.
When Lady Durgan, widow of the late Sir John Durgan, arrived in their station, and after a short time had been proposed to by every single man at mess, she put the public sentiment very neatly when she explained that they were all so nice that unless she could marry them all, including the colonel and some majors already married, she was not going to content herself with one hussar.
Colonel Morris, the officer in charge, was a short, active man with a grim and leathery face, but a lively and humorous eye--a contradiction borne out by his conduct, for he at once derided the safeguards and yet insisted on them.
On Tuesday evening I received telegrams from both Colonel Ross, the owner of the horse, and from Inspector Gregory, who is looking after the case, inviting my cooperation.
Her brother-in-law, Colonel MacAndrew, stood in front of the fireplace, warming his back at an unlit fire.