Definition of pannikin boss in English:

pannikin boss


Australian, NZ
  • A minor overseer or foreman.

    • ‘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".’
    • ‘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.’
    supervisor, overseer, superintendent, manager, boss, team leader, line manager, controller
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