One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A self-important minor official.‘these jumped-up jacks-in-office have too much their own way’
officer, office-holder, office-bearer, administrator, executive, appointee, functionaryView synonyms
- ‘Not only will people pointedly fail to attend your rallies there, but your intrusive business activities will receive notice from new jacks-in-office with amazingly narrow-minded views on what is permissible.’
- ‘Well - that isn't democracy, but rule by local busybodies, tribal chiefs and jacks-in-office, plus a scattering of carpetbaggers recently returned from exile and supported by our bayonets.’
- ‘I hope this doesn't mean that this jack-in-office is yet another NGO (non-governmental official) who has some kind of ‘right of entry’ - because he's not coming in here.’
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