Definition of pannikin boss in English:

pannikin boss

noun

NZ, Australian
informal
  • A minor overseer or foreman.

    • ‘With the bleak days of the Depression only a little behind, men who had known relief camps and pannikin bosses had no zest for more mud or for Army sergeants.’
    • ‘What do we see today in the new Devonport mall? Four men and a host of machinery, and that's not counting the "pannikin bosses".’
    supervisor, overseer, superintendent, manager, boss, team leader, line manager, controller
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