grand poobah


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grand poobah

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 grand poobah first.
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Before he was tossed out of the film academy after a storm of sexual harassment and sexual abuse allegations, Weinstein was for the last two decades the grand poobah of the Oscars.
org/wiki/Grand_Poobah) Grand Poobah across the great ocean, a Jewish city that is the capital of a Jewish nation.
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The grand poobah of Hollywood's dining scene thanks to his once-revolutionary Spago, Puck has fed the entertainment industry's elite since the early 1980s, catered the Academy Awards' Governors Ball for 20 years and lent his name to restaurants around the world.
I figured since every gasbag from the president to the Grand Poobah of Putterville has recently delivered their State of the Union, State of the State, State of the City and State of the Snollygoster speeches, why shouldn't I?
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His secretary showed up several hours later with a real spiffy looking one--obviously manufactured specifically to grace the desk of some grand poobah.