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poobah

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Marcus T. Cicero
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Etymology

From Poo-Bah, a comic character in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Mikado.

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Noun

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poobah

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  1. A person holding multiple offices or positions of power, all at the same time.

Quotations

  • 1885Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado
    It is consequently my degrading duty to serve this upstart as First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of the Buckhounds, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, and Lord Mayor, both acting and elect, all rolled into one. And at a salary! A Poo-Bah paid for his services!

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