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.
Just because the EU says it shall be so, must we suckers believe the pompous words of the wholly unaccountable tin gods of Brussels and Strasbourg?
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.
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.
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.
Once again, the BBC has subjected the Welsh to its constant glorification of the English national team and its tin gods.
We treat those who can run, jump or place a ball in a net or hole, like little tin gods.
And he is currently firing literary scuds at tin gods as associate editor of The Spectator and critic-at-large for The Times.