straw boss


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straw boss

n. Informal
A worker who acts as a boss or crew leader in addition to performing regular duties.
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straw′ boss`


n.
a member of a work crew, as in a factory or logging camp, who acts as a boss; assistant foreman.
[1890–95, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.straw boss - a member of a work gang who supervises the other workersstraw boss - a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers
boss, foreman, honcho, chief, gaffer - a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
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straw boss

noun
Informal. Someone who directs and supervises workers:
Slang: chief.
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