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A pasha.

[Arabic bāšā, from Turkish paşa; see pasha.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a rare spelling of pasha
2. an important or pompous person
[C16: from Turkish başa, from bas head, chief]
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(ˈpɑ ʃə, ˈpæʃ ə, pəˈʃɑ, -ˈʃɔ)

n., pl. -shas.
a former title placed after the name of high officials in countries under Turkish rule.
[1640–50; < Turkish paşa]
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References in classic literature ?
There is no regular system of taxation, but when the Emperor or the Bashaw want money, they levy on some rich man, and he has to furnish the cash or go to prison.
Cronshaw sat in the place of honour on a Gladstone bag, with his legs curled under him like a Turkish bashaw, beaming good-naturedly on the young people who surrounded him.
You've taken to being a nob, buying land, being a country bashaw. Still in the Dissenting line, eh?
He exercised, however, a very remarkable control over Macfarlane; issued orders like the Great Bashaw; became inflamed at the least discussion or delay, and commented rudely on the servility with which he was obeyed.
I'll get admitted there, and I'll stir up mutiny; and you, three-tailed bashaw as you are, sir, shall in a trice find yourself fettered amongst our hands: nor will I, for one, consent to cut your bonds till you have signed a charter, the most liberal that despot ever yet conferred."
A prison spokesman, Navy Cmdr Adam Bashaw, said the military has an undisclosed limit on how much artwork a captive can keep in his cell.
has named Kerin Torpey Bashaw senior vice president of patient safety and risk management.
In the wild, even though lions and tigers are nocturnal they mate and hunt opportunistically during day time (Bashaw et al., 2007).
Pursuant to the amalgamation agreement, Clearview will issue approximately 1,559,992 voting common shares to the shareholders of Bashaw in exchange for the cancellation of their common shares of Bashaw.
In recent years, there have been calls for the application of behavior-analytic techniques to zoo animal behavior management, including environmental enrichment (eg, Bloomsmith, Marr, Maple, 2007, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 102, 205-222; Tarou, Bashaw, 2007, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 102, 189-204).