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fig·ure·head

 (fĭg′yər-hĕd′)
n.
1. A carved figure on the prow of a ship.
2. A person given a position of nominal leadership but having no actual authority.

figurehead

(ˈfɪɡəˌhɛd)
n
1. a person nominally having a prominent position, but no real authority
2. (Nautical Terms) a carved bust or full-length figure at the upper end of the stems of some sailing vessels

fig•ure•head

(ˈfɪg yərˌhɛd)

n.
1. a person who is head of a group, country, etc., in title but has no real authority or responsibility.
2. a carved figure built into the bow of a sailing ship.
[1755–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.figurehead - a person used as a cover for some questionable activityfigurehead - 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
2.figurehead - figure on the bow of some sailing vessels
figure - a model of a bodily form (especially of a person); "he made a figure of Santa Claus"

figurehead

noun nominal head, leader in name only, titular head, front man, name, token, dummy, puppet, mouthpiece, cipher, nonentity, straw man (chiefly U.S.), man of straw The President will be little more than a figurehead.
Translations
تِمثال في مُقَدَّمَة السَّفينَهرَئيس صُوَري
galionová figuraloutka
gallionsfigurkransekagefigur
keulakuva
báborrszobor
stafnslíkanvaldamaîur aî nafni til, toppfígúra
galionová figúra
galjonbild
gemi aslanıgöstermelik kimsekukla

figurehead

[ˈfɪgəhed] N (on ship) → mascarón m de proa (fig) → testaferro m

figurehead

[ˈfɪgərhɛd] n
[ship] → figure f de proue
[organization] → chef mf de filefigure-hugging [ˈfɪgərhʌgɪŋ] adj [dress, top] → moulant(e)figure of eight n (British)huit mfigure of fun nobjet m de riséefigure of speech n (= rhetorical device) → figure f de style
It's just a figure of speech
BUT C'est juste une façon de parler.figure skater npatineur/euse m/f artistiquefigure skating n (competitive)figures fpl imposées (en patinage); (in display)patinage m artistique

figurehead

[ˈfɪgəˌhɛd] n (Naut) → polena (fig) → figura rappresentativa (pej) → prestanome m/f inv

figure

(ˈfigə) , ((American) ˈfigjər) noun
1. the form or shape of a person. A mysterious figure came towards me; That girl has got a good figure.
2. a (geometrical) shape. The page was covered with a series of triangles, squares and other geometrical figures.
3. a symbol representing a number. a six-figure telephone number.
4. a diagram or drawing to explain something. The parts of a flower are shown in figure 3.
verb
1. to appear (in a story etc). She figures largely in the story.
2. to think, estimate or consider. I figured that you would arrive before half past eight.
ˈfigurative (-rətiv) adjective
of or using figures of speech. figurative language.
ˈfiguratively adverb
ˈfigurehead noun
1. a person who is officially a leader but who does little or has little power. She is the real leader of the party – he is only a figurehead.
2. an ornamental figure (usually of carved wood) attached to the front of a ship.
figure of speech
one of several devices (eg metaphor, simile) for using words not with their ordinary meanings but to make a striking effect.
figure out
to understand. I can't figure out why he said that.
References in classic literature ?
During the whole of that period Napoleon, who seems to us to have been the leader of all these movements- as the figurehead of a ship may seem to a savage to guide the vessel- acted like a child who, holding a couple of strings inside a carriage, thinks he is driving it.
The spectral figurehead, reversed in its position, glancing backwards, seemed to mock the impatient attitude of the warrior.
Now a bark is feminine beyond all other daughters of the sea, and this tall, hesitating creature, with her white and gilt figurehead, looked just like a bewildered woman half lifting her skirts to cross a muddy street under the jeers of bad little boys.
Arthur himself, in many of the romances, was degraded from his position of the bravest knight to be the inactive figurehead of a brilliant court; and the only really historical element in the story, his struggle against the Saxons, was thrust far into the background, while all the emphasis was laid on the romantic achievements of the single knights.
I looked up wildly to avoid the blow, and saw above us the great bulk of Britannia leaning outward like the figurehead of a ship.
The barge were red and yellow, with a green dragon for a figurehead, and a white horse towin' of it.
A carver in the neighborhood engaged to make the figurehead.
I saw the most wonderful figureheads, that had all been far over the ocean.
A few Senators and legitimate capitalists were lifted up as the figureheads of the crusade.
The Queen is our monarch but is only a figurehead as the reality is that she has no powers.
Four years later and Christine said she is still no nearer to finding a female figurehead, adding that UK Trade and Investment can provide advice and support to anyone who has the potential to trade overseas in a bid to encourage the delegates to consider exporting.
There have been several versions of wooden dollies over the years, from a ship's figurehead to a fishwife In 1814, the first dolly - a ship's female figurehead - stood at the entrance to the Customs House Quay in North Shields.