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pooh-bah

1. A self-important government official who holds several positions but performs little or no actual duties. The term comes from the character Pooh-Bah, Lord-High-Everything-Else, from The Mikado, a comic opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Only that pooh-bah in the cabinet could hold so many titles and do so little.
2. 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 pooh-bah first.
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Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pitti-Sing are scheduled to die after luncheon.
Bass baritone Thomas Goerz was animated arid always humorous as the alternately obsequious and self-aggrandizing Pooh-Bah, the jack of all portfolios.
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The Mikado Malcolm Rivers Nanki-Poo Colin Lee Ko-Ko Richard Suart Pooh-Bah Royce Mills Pish-Tush Gareth Jones Yum-Yum Jacqueline Varsey Pitti-Sing Maria Jones Peep-Bo Sophie-Louise Dann Katisha Deborah Hawksley
With outrageous comic characters like Ko-Ko, Pish-Tush, Pooh-Bah, and Nanki-Poo combined with some of the wittiest lyrics ever put to paper, then add songs such as Wandering Minstral, Three Little Maids, The Sun Whose Rays, Here's A How-De-Do and many more, how could is possibly fail to impress.
The lovers were sweetly selfcentred, while Pooh-Bah made bureaucracy hilarious.
Baritone Stephen Richardson plays the Mikado, Andrew Shore is Pooh-Bah and John Mather Charitable Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Ben McAteer is Pish-Tush.
The other leads include Bruce Merlin as a sonorously pompous and venal Pooh-Bah, Celia Poole as the vengeful Katisha - handling some of the most demanding musical material - and Gerald Tinson, a charismatic presence as the Mikado.
ALMOST immediately after government minister John Denham made his decision about the Kirkby stadium, George Howarth was in touch with Peter "Meddlesome" who has now become the Pooh-Bah of the Government and according to some would like to be the Mikado.
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Praise indeed, from a man who played Pooh-Bah 2,000 times over a period of 25 years and was thus afforded ample opportunity to see sundry Ko-Kos at close quarters.