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sidewalk superintendent

1. n. someone who—out of curiosity—watches excavations being dug and buildings being built. All day, the lines of sidewalk superintendents oozed by.
2. n. any critic. If another sidewalk superintendent comes in here and tries to tell me how to manage this office, heads will roll.
See also: sidewalk
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They bounced out of their comers, whisked up-stairs in a body to Miss Rachel's room (Rosanna Spearman being carried away among them this time), burst in on Superintendent Seegrave, and, all looking equally guilty, summoned him to say which of them he suspected, at once.
Superintendent proved equal to the occasion; he looked at them with his resolute eye, and he cowed them with his military voice.
On the contrary, the superintendent warned everybody not to tell me.
He had been warned by the superintendent not to tell me, and in telling me he was risking his job.
The superintendent of police turned round at that moment with a scared look, said something to his coachman, and his horses increased their speed.
Following the superintendent of police and talking loudly the crowd went in the direction of the Lubyanka Street.
The prize was delivered to Tom with as much effusion as the superintendent could pump up under the circumstances; but it lacked somewhat of the true gush, for the poor fellow's instinct taught him that there was a mystery here that could not well bear the light, perhaps; it was simply preposterous that this boy had warehoused two thousand sheaves of Scriptural wisdom on his premises -- a dozen would strain his capacity, without a doubt.
And you never can be sorry for the trouble you took to learn them; for knowl- edge is worth more than anything there is in the world; it's what makes great men and good men; you'll be a great man and a good man yourself, some day, Thomas, and then you'll look back and say, It's all owing to the precious Sunday-school privileges of my boyhood -- it's all owing to my dear teachers that taught me to learn -- it's all owing to the good superintendent, who en- couraged me, and watched over me, and gave me a beautiful Bible -- a splendid elegant Bible -- to keep and have it all for my own, always -- it's all owing to right bringing up
Yes," said the king, replying pointedly to the superintendent of finances, "yes, at the point of death, monsieur le cardinal makes me a donation of all his wealth.
The superintendent only bestowed a haughty look of a second upon it; then bowing, -- "Yes, sire," said he, "a donation, I see.
Monsieur," said the superintendent, flushed with anger, and heated by his exertions, "I congratulate you.
said the superintendent, his conviction somewhat shaken by Baisemeaux's cool manner.
And in the morning, when the twenty thousand men thronged into the yards, with their dinner pails and working clothes, Jurgis stood near the door of the hog-trimming room, where he had worked before the strike, and saw a throng of eager men, with a score or two of policemen watching them; and he saw a superintendent come out and walk down the line, and pick out man after man that pleased him; and one after another came, and there were some men up near the head of the line who were never picked--they being the union stewards and delegates, and the men Jurgis had heard making speeches at the meetings.
This was the same Emery who became eventually superintendent of finance.
The Superintendent of Schools, good old man, stopped Martin on the street and remembered him, recalling seances in his office when Martin was expelled from school for fighting.
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