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benevolent overlord

A person, group, or government described as generous to those over which it has power and control. Used ironically or sarcastically. Our boss, the benevolent overlord, has given us Christmas Day off from work, even though we still need to come in for the rest of the week! Today, we learned that our right to vote was revoked unless we showed public support for our benevolent overlords.
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Finally, Gold-Eye and his new friends set out to destroy the Overlords - with or without the mysterious, dangerous Shade.
The exhibit explains how decoy vehicles, dummy paratroopers, deceptive sound and radio transmissions and electronic deception were used to maintain the Overlord secret.
But where there was no statutory basis, even of the slenderest kind, the new structure began to break down, for two reasons: first, because the position of an overlord, armed with little but an office and a private secretary, soon becomes shadowy and indeterminate; secondly, because however loyal to their nominal chiefs, the subordinate Ministers begin to feel overriding obligations to their separate departments.
President Akufo-Addo commended the Overlord of Gonjaland for the establishment of a committee of chiefs to mediate on chieftaincy disputes in the Savannah Region.
Blaming US law enforcement agencies for preventing them from "speaking the truth", The Dark Overlord has unblocked the next batch after it has reached a certain milestone of payments from a curious public, Sputnik reported.
A World War II veteran long-hailed as a D-Day hero has been exposed as a fraud, according to a French nonprofit, (http://www.dday-overlord.com/en/normandy/news/george-klein-pointe-du-hoc) D-Day Overlord .
In a message in the order of service, Anne wrote: "I know the planning and achievement of Operation Overlord is a source of pride in this great city.
Losses during the campaign, dubbed Operation Overlord, were vast, with more than 12,000 Allied casualties, and at least 5,000 Axis casualties, during the landings alone.
The list was prepared at the request of officers in the headquarters of General Dwight Eisenhower (pictured), the Allied commander in charge of the Operation Overlord landings on the Normandy beaches.
My father was in the Signal Corps during WWII, so I was intrigued by Garry James' "Operation Overlord 1944" article.
Celebrities packed the Hammerstein Ballroom last night for Comedy Central's roast of Donald Trump, the developer, presumed presidential candidate, "Celebrity Apprentice" overlord, prospective baseball mogul, hopeful Tavern on the Green rescuer, and all-around overexposed personality.
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I always liked the brackets they used to have in their job titles at Newcastle during the Dennis Wise era - Executive Director (Football), Vice-Chairman (Player Recruitment), Goblin Overlord (London Office).
A new Overlord is involved in this beast of a game, complete with those evil little Minions.
As with the original, Overlord II gives you the chance to command hordes of small Gremlin-like creatures as you chase fantasy world domination.