tin god

tin god
1. a self-important, dictatorial person in a position of authority, as an employer, military officer, critic, or teacher.
2. a person who considers himself or herself infallible and tries to impose judgments, beliefs, standards of behavior, etc., on subordinates.

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tin god,
an inferior or mediocre person who assumes an autocratic or omnipotent role: »

People like that [become] tin gods in the neighborhood—people known for their habitual lawlessness (New York Times).

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n. a person, esp. a minor official, who is pompous and self-important
an object of unjustified veneration or respect

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • tin god — noun count 1. ) someone who behaves as if they are much more important or powerful than they really are 2. ) someone or something that is wrongly considered important or good …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tin god — tin′ god′ n. a self important, dictatorial person in a position of authority, as an employer or military officer • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • tin god — ☆ tin god n. an often pompous or dictatorial person who demands or receives more respect than is merited …   English World dictionary

  • tin god — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms tin god : singular tin god plural tin gods 1) someone who behaves as if they are much more important or powerful than they really are 2) someone or something that is wrongly considered to be important or good …   English dictionary

  • tin god — /tɪn ˈgɒd/ (say tin god) noun 1. a pompous, self satisfied, dictatorial person, especially one of minor importance who exercises some authority over others. 2. an unworthy person who is mistakenly made the object of veneration or worship: *My… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • tin god — 1. a self important, dictatorial person in a position of authority, as an employer, military officer, critic, or teacher. 2. a person who considers himself or herself infallible and tries to impose judgments, beliefs, standards of behavior, etc …   Universalium

  • tin god — noun An individual that abuses or exceeds his authority over others, frequently in petty ways; for example a low level manager in situational comedies and other entertainment …   Wiktionary

  • tin god — noun a pompous and self important person, especially a minor official. ↘an object of unjustified veneration or respect …   English new terms dictionary

  • Little Tin God (disambiguation) — Little Tin God, the African dance bandLittle Tin God can also refer to: * Little Tin God , a song title from The End of the Innocence album by Don Henley *Little Tin God, an episode of the television show Highlander …   Wikipedia

  • (a) little tin god — a (little) tin god literary someone who behaves as if they are more important or powerful than they really are. Have you seen him over there, acting like a little tin god? …   New idioms dictionary

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