civil serpent

civil serpent

An unhelpful or otherwise disagreeable bureaucrat. A humorous play on the phrase "civil servant"; serpents are typically depicted as evil or villainous. I can't deal with any more civil serpents—they just keep sending me from office to office.
See also: civil, serpent

civil serpent

n. a civil servant. You have no idea the kinds of things “civil serpents” have to put up with.
See also: civil, serpent
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What is the saddest thing you A civil serpent. A head banger.
Well, he is a civil serpent. Anyway, a Lincolnshire woman found an adder in the salad counter at Sainsbury's, while a man from Dorset says he came face to face with a 3ft snake at a car wash.
After all, it's not the politicians that really count - it's the Civil Serpents that do all the work.
I also understand why most civil serpents, I mean civil servants, are so disagreeable.
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