tin god


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tin god

n
1. a self-important dictatorial person
2. a person erroneously regarded as holy or venerable

tin′ god′


n.
a self-important, dictatorial person in a position of authority, as an employer or military officer.
[1885–90]
References in classic literature ?
Also, and unlike the average run of weaker men coming from back countries and far places, he failed to reverence the particular tin gods worshipped variously by the civilized tribes of men.
Her own compositions fare better with the likes of The Trooper and Tin God expertly produced, but trip-hop does sound somewhat dated these days.
Nor is it Tommy's mother or sister, both of whom treat Tommy more like a little tin god - or possibly a priest - than a real man, subject to the same sins of the flesh as anyone else.
He committed mistakes, including his allowing bootlickers and sycophants in his Convention People's Party to make a tin god out of him and to tear him away from the ordinary people.
But the minute anyone is gullible enough to follow a tin god who promises them salvation on a plate, they lose my sympathy.
As if these scenes, and the inability to talk openly about them, were not enough, there is the prospect of a visit from the man who has been called "a black tin god.
For years they've indulged Rooney beyond all reason and treated him like a little tin god in Man U kit.
To even think of allowing this tin god to strut round his bankrupt country, pulling the strings of Englishmen at will, is disgusting.
But then neither does anything justify the warped, inexplicable behaviour of those I can only call his disciples who seem to have turned him into their little tin god and whose illiterate, repellant messages are currently sullying the internet.
TIN GOD WE TRUST: Christopher will use old cans to build the kirk GARRY FMCHARG
But I've never got on with his mum, especially the way she treats him - like a wee tin god.
But I've never got on with his mum - she treats him like a wee tin god.