tin god


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(little) tin god

A pompous person. My attraction for him waned after he spent the entire evening acting like a little tin god. Everyone on the school board acts like a tin god. It's so irritating!
See also: god, tin

tin god

A self-important, dictatorial, petty person who imposes ideas, beliefs, and standards on subordinates. For example, The officials in these small towns often act like tin gods. The tin in this expression alludes to the fact that tin is a base metal with relatively little value. [Late 1800s]
See also: god, tin
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But, it seems to me that you're still on the hunt for that geisha, the only difference is that you want one with a British accent who'll happily treat you like a little tin God.
Elaine, manager of the George Inn, Bethersden, Kent, added: "Ledward was an arrogant man - blase, brash and strutting around like a little tin god.
It's not that I think it's right for any woman to treat her husband like a wee tin god, but you can't interfere.
Time to stop behaving like a little tin god and act like a loving husband.
Only the click of cameras, the sound of photographers' shoes as they shuffled, trying to capture a flicker of emotion from this little tin god and the occasional trill from a mobile phone broke it.
As for the increase in flytipping is concerned, it should be painfully obvious to any one with a modicum of common sense that this problem is made worse by a small number of tin gods who find it more important to harass a law-abiding citizen and old age pensioner than to do their jobs and keep the city clean.
Maybe his ego is too big, as it can be for some footballers who see themselves as tin gods.
We know the downside of turning third-raters into tin gods.
I do not go as often as I used to because I get so frustrated by these tin gods who seem to think we pay to watch them.
The independence of Gateshead, for example, matters to little tin gods in office but not very much, if at all, to the general public.
And in response to David Herbert's comments [also 18th July] I have no interest whatsoever in English club teams and their over-hyped, overpaid, tin gods - I would prefer to be oblivious to them.
And he is currently firing literary scuds at tin gods as associate editor of The Spectator and critic-at-large for The Times.
Davies was also rapped for attacking Mr Morgan's leadership style in recent HTV programme Tin Gods.
Once again, the BBC has subjected the Welsh to its constant glorification of the English national team and its tin gods.