nominal head

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Noun1.nominal head - a person used as a cover for some questionable activitynominal head - 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
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I think he has only been its nominal head for many years," said Anne.
The Colonel of the --th regiment, in which Messieurs Dobbin and Osborne had companies, was an old General who had made his first campaign under Wolfe at Quebec, and was long since quite too old and feeble for command; but he took some interest in the regiment of which he was the nominal head, and made certain of his young officers welcome at his table, a kind of hospitality which I believe is not now common amongst his brethren.
In January, Canada's senators voted to change "true patriot love in all thy son's command" to "in all of us command", and last month, it received the assent of the UK's Queen Elizabeth, Canada's nominal head of state.
Chung said his trip is to reciprocate a visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister, Yo-jong, who came to South Korea as a special envoy and as part of a high-level delegation to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics that also included the North's nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam.
Kim Yo Jong and the North's nominal head of state were the most senior North Korean officials to visit the South in more than a decade.
Pence was going to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, but the North Koreans called off the Feb.
North Korea had sent athletes to compete at the games along with a delegation including its nominal head of state and Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong.
In addition to Pence, a senior delegation of North Korean officials, including the younger sister of leader Kim Jong Un and the North's nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam also traveled to Seoul to attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Kim Yo-jong also became the focus of admiration for her humility and lack of ostentation in a country obsessed with fashion and make-up, as well as the manner in which she respectfully deferred to Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state (and no relation, as far as anyone knows, of the Kimdom's ruling family) and officially the leader of the delegation.
Later, Moon watched the joint Korean women's ice hockey team - the first ever combined team at the Olympics - take on Switzerland, joining Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam, the North's nominal head of state, who is also visiting the South for the Games.
by Yoon Young-kwanSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook, North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong wave at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 9, 2018.
A moment stunning in its optics and its implications came minutes later: The United States, represented by Vice President Mike Pence, sat suspiciously a row ahead of Kim's sister and the North's nominal head of state, all watching the Games begin - officials from two nations that many worry are on the brink of nuclear conflict.