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the head honcho

slang The person in charge. That decision is above my pay grade. You'll have to ask the head honcho.
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(the) head ˈhoncho

(informal, especially American English) the person who is in charge; the boss: Claude is the studio’s head honcho, so talk to him if you have a problem.This phrase comes from the Japanese word hancho, meaning ‘group leader’.
See also: head, honcho
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1. n. the head man; the boss. (Useable for either sex.) The marketing honcho couldn’t say when the product would be on the shelves.
2. tv. to manage or boss something. I’ll honcho it until Larry gets here.
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