nominal head

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Noun1.nominal head - a person used as a cover for some questionable activitynominal head - a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
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I think he has only been its nominal head for many years," said Anne.
The Colonel of the --th regiment, in which Messieurs Dobbin and Osborne had companies, was an old General who had made his first campaign under Wolfe at Quebec, and was long since quite too old and feeble for command; but he took some interest in the regiment of which he was the nominal head, and made certain of his young officers welcome at his table, a kind of hospitality which I believe is not now common amongst his brethren.
Harper, in power since 2006, dissolved parliament after meeting with Governor General David Johnston, the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Canada's nominal head of state in this Commonwealth country.
Yonhap quotes a Unification Ministry official as saying the reference to the leader could be ambiguous, as Kim Yong-nam is the nominal head of state.
The main eulogy was read by North Korea's nominal head of state, Kim Yong-Nam, who hailed the elder Kim as the "greatest leader in human history" and offered a long list of his accomplishments, punctuated by lengthy and regular applause.
4) To use terms associated with the categories adjective and adverb, as in Hengeveld (1992: 37, cited in Rauh 2010: 331), this dual function can also be termed as modification of a nominal head as well as of a non-nominal head, respectively.
the workings of the federal government of which he is the nominal head.
He said General Salim Idriss, the nominal head of Syria's mainstream rebels, would travel "immediately" to Syria to rally his ranks.
A former aide during Borisov's own stint at the interior ministry, Tsvetan Tsvetanov had remained at his side during the founding of GERB, serving as the movement's nominal head while the real boss, Borisov, had been technically disqualified from the post as Sofia mayor.
Gilani (the nominal head of the government) refused, citing that as sitting president Zardari enjoyed immunity from prosecution.
And as nominal head of a household containing some of the grubbiest Kids in Christendom, I am putting the B-Max through an extended test that will prove conclusively whether this is the perfect family car.
The Republican candidate has long maintained that he quit the company in 1999 to run the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, remaining only the nominal head of the company until 2002, a position supported by a statement from the company.