from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A worker who acts as a boss or crew leader in addition to performing regular duties.

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  • n. A worker acting as a supervisor of other workers

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  • n. a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers


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  • I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
    I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
    I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
    And the straw boss said, "Well, a-bless my soul."

    --"Sixteen Tons"

    September 29, 2010