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n. pl. hon·chos
A person who is in charge; a manager or leader: "Now that Hollywood honchos have discovered the verdant beachfront villages, the stores have grown in scope and sophistication" (David Field).
tr.v. hon·choed, hon·cho·ing, hon·chos
To direct or manage: "He ... is honchoing preparations for the forthcoming ... economic summit" (Newsweek).
[Japanese hanchō, squad leader : han, squad (from Middle Chinese pa⋮n, division, class; also the source of Mandarin bān) + chō, chief (from Middle Chinese triaŋ´; also the source of Mandarin zhǎng).]
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n, pl -chos
the person in charge; the boss
to supervise or be in charge of
[C20: from Japanese han'chō group leader]
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n., pl. -chos, Slang. n.
1. a leader, esp. an assertive leader; boss; chief.
2. an important or influential person; bigshot.v.t.
3. to organize, supervise, or be the leader of.
[1945–50; < Japanese hanchō squad or group leader =han squad (< Middle Chinese, = Chinese bān) + -chō eldest, chief (< Middle Chinese, = Chinese zhǎng)]
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Past participle: honchoed
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|Noun||1.||honcho - a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"|
baas - South African term for `boss'
ganger - the foreman of a work gang
supervisor - one who supervises or has charge and direction of
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