empire-builder


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empire-builder

n
informal a person who seeks extra power for its own sake, esp by increasing the number of his subordinates or staff
ˈempire-ˌbuilding n, adj
Translations

empire-builder

[ˈempaɪəˌbɪldəʳ] N (fig) → constructor(a) m/f de imperios
References in classic literature ?
Just so were these men, empire-builders in the Arctic Light, boastful and drunken and clamorous, winning surcease for a few wild moments from the grim reality of their heroic toil.
Deserved Scottish Cup winner or not, I felt very uneasy watching this clinical empire-builder hiring and firing with an alarming sense of detachment.
Coote does not choose between Sir Francis Drake as a rabid anti-papist and state-sponsored terrorist and Drake as an empire-builder and hero as other biographers of Drake have done.