Pooh-Bah


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Pooh-Bah

or pooh-bah ?(po͞o′b?′)
n.
1. A pompous ostentatious official, especially one who, holding many offices, fulfills none of them.
2. A person who holds high office.

[After Pooh-Bah, , Lord-High-Everything-Else, a character in The Mikado by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.]
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Pooh-Bah

(?pu??bɑ?)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a pompous self-important official holding several offices at once and fulfilling none of them
[C19: after the character, the Lord-High-Everything-Else, in The Mikado (1885), a light opera by Gilbert and Sullivan]
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Pooh-Bah

(ˈpuˌbɑ)
n.
(often l.c.)
1. a person who holds several positions, esp. ones that confer bureaucratic importance.
2. a pompous, self-important person.
[1880–85; after a character in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, who holds all the high offices of state simultaneously and uses them for personal gain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pooh-bah - an arrogant or conceited person of importance
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
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References in periodicals archive ?
Graham Bryant gives a stunning performance as Pooh-Bah, the Lord High Everything Else, a man of such stature that he was born sneering!
Two notes from Stratford: Stratfordupon-Avon Gilbert & Sullivan Society is looking for a Pooh-Bah for its production of The Mikado at the town's Civic Hall fromMarch 11-14.
To absolutely no one's surprise, the culprit turned out to be Stevens, the grand pooh-bah of pork who once earmarked $223 million for the infamous "bridge to nowhere" in his home state.
Allister Jordan is Ko-Ko with Cheryl Hammersley as the formidable Katisha and Mike Jones, Richard Tomlinson and Roger Muggleton take on the roles of The Mikado, Pish-Tush and Pooh-Bah respectively.
I SYMPATHISE with the beliefs of former NuLab Tory-Lite MPs, such as David Miliband (Miliband hits out at unelectable Corbyn, Sept 23), who have demonstrated more in tune with the Conservative Party and with the views of Mr Peter "Grand Pooh-Bah of British Politics" Mandelson (who felt "intensely relaxed at people becoming filthy rich"), than they have ever done with traditional Labour party values.
The Drivetime Mahatma is no longer a pooh-bah at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
However, given that Mr Peter "Grand Pooh-Bah of British Politics" Mandelson expressed the view that he was "intensely relaxed at people becoming filthy rich", a view somewhat indistinctive to the Conservative Party, perhaps a key objective for the Labour Party is to replace the NuLab Tory-Lite contingent with credible and competent Labour politicians, who will put the interest of the Labour Party and the UK first and foremost.
The whole country is bound up in red tape with a long list of official jobs and titles all held by one man, the Pooh-Bah, who will offer conflicting advice depending which job he is in at the time.
Ben McAteer as Pish-Tush and Andrew Shore as Pooh-Bah are also wonderfully gifted singers.
One hardly needs singers as good as Brett Polegato for Pooh-Bah or Thomas Goerz as the Mikado, but both inhabited their roles to the fullest, their singing as classy and detailed as their stage presence was assured.
The Mikado is another gloriously topsy-turvy tale featuring a host of unforgettable characters, such as Ko-Ko the Lord High Executioner and Pooh-Bah the sneering Lord High Everything Else.
Compliance isn't just about the 'grand pooh-bah' showing up once in a blue moon and making some pithy statements about appropriate activity.