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n. Slang
An intellectual.

point′y-head′ed adj.
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chiefly censorious informal US an intellectual
ˈpointy-ˌheaded adj
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The pointy-head?" I might mix up my words but Cameron had "full confidence" in Andy Coulson, Liam Fox and Chris Huhne.
Some Pointy-head Pooter has changed the sequence, so it is now an almighty mess.
The shop looks a treat, with big leafy bunches of shining, washed beetroots, carrots and onions on one side and a stunning display of pointy-head cabbages, lime-green calabrese, fennel, red and green frilly lettuce, peas, french and runner beans, and potatoes on the other.
Better that than a pointy-head who still believes in class division and inherited privilege.
George Shultz plays the treacherous, striped-pants pointy-head --a laugh if ever there was one.
No sooner had the young pointy-head read this horrendous slur than he was haring around to the barbers.
Eyeing his train timetables and toy soldiers, the pointy-head added that many analysts reckoned that BT would abandon the flotation altogether, instead saving cash by chopping the dividend and raising cash through a rights issue.
Powell will take centre stage at the Jackson Hole central banking "symposium" today, a yearly event that sees the big players and pointy-heads of global monetary policy converge on this tiny Wyoming town.
If Jezza has any sense, he'll call a halt to this Stalinist purge and restore the party to those who need it most - not the ideological purists whose socialism is in their pointy-heads rather than their hearts.
This would curb illegal immigration and prevent another Windrush scandal, argue the policy pointy-heads. Labour introduced a PS5 billion ID card system in 2006.
That would be a mistake, because this column is not about journalism or pointy-headed New York academics.
Similarly, there is no single constitue ncy that comprises "the people"-it can be students burdened by loan debt, blue-collar workers or the middle class, just as "the establishment" can vary from "money power" to George Wallace's "pointy-headed intellectuals"(p.