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power trip

A period of exerting an excessive degree of control or authority over others, especially as a means of inflating or bolstering one's ego or self-worth. Tom has been on a real power trip ever since he was promoted to regional manager. She's been hacking into the school's online infrastructure to mess with people's grades and personal details. I think it's more of a power trip than anything else, really.
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Retrired teacher interviewed under caution for 'fly-tipping' slams council for acting like Stasi Disgusting power trips!!!!
This callout is part of our Power Trips series, a tour of Texas' local control battles.
An issue that has often led to tensions between the Texas House and Senate is also the next stop on our Power Trips series exploring local control issues: property taxes.
" The frequent power trips make the courtrooms hot and suffocating.
It is the future of our country which matters - not the power trips of individual politicians.
"This reduction was due to bad environmental conditions and power trips in the ports during June 2008," he said.
People on power trips often end up with egg on their face, and I am sure you will find this lady has lost a great deal of trade through her behaviour.
It was bureaucratic hierarchies and power trips that let the Federal Bureau of Investigation ignore the carefully gathered evidence of an attack.
Even then they had to put up with IRA lies and double dealing as the murderers of their loved ones clung to their petty power trips.
Houston and Hudson, who also produced the film, would rather remind us that gay men are guys first and queers second: We pull the same male power trips and suffer the same manly dysfunction with communication.
One of the biggest fights of the 85th legislative session is also the next stop in our Power Trips series exploring local control issues: the "bathroom bill" debate.
The day witnessed low- voltage and frequent power trips early in the morning and long- drawn power cuts during the day.