pooh-bah

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pooh-bah

1. A self-important government official who holds several positions but performs little or no actual duties. The term comes from the character Pooh-Bah, Lord-High-Everything-Else, from The Mikado, a comic opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Only that pooh-bah in the cabinet could hold so many titles and do so little.
2. The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). I think it sounds like a great idea, but you'll have to ask the pooh-bah first.
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Better to accentuate the positive and let Lord Hi Pooh Bah, councillor Barney Crockett, talk about how great life is in Aberdeen.
Aside from that, taking on a public relations grand pooh bah like Jim Blaine, who made news merely on the fact he equated bankers to brothels from the main stage during CUNA's GAC in 2004 (much to the association's chagrin) can be dangerous.
There is no danger that the new Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow will ever be mistaken for that pompous, self-important Gilbert and Sullivan character, Pooh Bah, the Lord High Everything Else.
Howard Scott-Walker of Rugby is Pooh Bah, Alison York of Coventry is Katisha and Ian Page also from Coventry plays the male lead Nanki Poo.
Society chairman Paul Thompson played the title role in that production and has done so twice since, but this time he will be Pooh Bah
The book review by Amitabh Pal, "The Pooh Bah of Capitalism" (July issue), was a convincing pan of what must be a truly awful book.
PLAY IT AGAIN: This is Howard Habron, left, now of Birkby, appearing as Pooh Bah in the Deighton Secondary School production of The Mikado in 1970.
Sadly, I report the death of the man who came close to being the Pooh Bah of Sutton Arts Theatre.
Because Friedman is a pooh bah of the foreign policy elite.
Society chairman Paul Thompson has been the Mikado in three of the productions, but this time he will be Pooh Bah.
Walter Plinge is a label well known in theatrical circles and Barry Lankester himself was similarly disguised, soon after he had begun appearing on television, when he played Pooh Bah in The Mikado in the late 1950s.