tin god


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tin god

n
1. a self-important dictatorial person
2. a person erroneously regarded as holy or venerable

tin′ god′


n.
a self-important, dictatorial person in a position of authority, as an employer or military officer.
[1885–90]
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Haeckel is his little tin god. The only way to insult him is to take a slap at Haeckel."
Also, and unlike the average run of weaker men coming from back countries and far places, he failed to reverence the particular tin gods worshipped variously by the civilized tribes of men.
DISRESPECTElsewhere in Mombasa, the tin god was one Shariff Nassir.
Her own compositions fare better with the likes of The Trooper and Tin God expertly produced, but trip-hop does sound somewhat dated these days.
Nor is it Tommy's mother or sister, both of whom treat Tommy more like a little tin god - or possibly a priest - than a real man, subject to the same sins of the flesh as anyone else.
He committed mistakes, including his allowing bootlickers and sycophants in his Convention People's Party to make a tin god out of him and to tear him away from the ordinary people.
The opposition Liberals accused Sims of acting like a "tin god," and the New Democrats called for the abolishment of censorship entirely.
But the minute anyone is gullible enough to follow a tin god who promises them salvation on a plate, they lose my sympathy.
On the ward the poet sees "Sixty inmates of spasming women top & tail / On thirty beds." He describes the "inmates" as "atoning for the ghost / Revolution twenty years ago." As if these scenes, and the inability to talk openly about them, were not enough, there is the prospect of a visit from the man who has been called "a black tin god." In that part of the world where Father Christmas wears a homburg to "visit the sick at Christmas, some caesareans will," the poet writes, "be / Prematurely discharged." Others will be "jostled into / Neat lines, clapping their praises" so that, as far as Hastings Banda is concerned, there will be "one patient per bed."
BIRDSEDGE Malcolm Jacobs took the church Wor-|ship service on Sunday, asking the young people "What's in this empty tin?" Like the air in the tin God is all around.
For years they've indulged Rooney beyond all reason and treated him like a little tin god in Man U kit.
To even think of allowing this tin god to strut round his bankrupt country, pulling the strings of Englishmen at will, is disgusting.