One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person, especially a minor official, who is pompous and self-important.‘all government officials become little tin gods’
- ‘The opposition Liberals accused him of acting like a ‘tin god,’ and the New Democrats called for the abolishment of censorship entirely.’
- ‘Is it that the power felt by such a person when standing before people who treat him as a tin god results in a loss of sanity?’
- ‘But you sense that he will run the show his way and give Wales some much-needed direction, whether one or two little tin gods like it or not.’
- ‘The time is also long overdue to re-examine lifetime appointments of judges, which allows them to act like little tin gods, at the expense of our freedom and the country's elected government.’
- ‘Wee-eell, said the little tin gods who run the benefits department, that depends on your son.’
- 1.1 An object of unjustified veneration or respect.
- ‘The final nail in its coffin was the company's absurd decision to kowtow to the tin god of its licensing agreements.’
- ‘These are always good questions, but they may be especially powerful when the tin god of Net Worth is looking particularly hollow.’
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