Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who holds a place or office; an office-holder.
  • noun A deputy.

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Examples

  • He squinted theatrically and snarled, That President Obama, he's a Quisling, just a place-holder for the money men until they find a Republican who's got some Goddamn manners, unlike George W. You don't want the natives getting too restless so you put in an ethnic minority fellow with a happy face who throws the game.

    George Kenney: Nixon Now!

  • He squinted theatrically and snarled, That President Obama, he's a Quisling, just a place-holder for the money men until they find a Republican who's got some Goddamn manners, unlike George W. You don't want the natives getting too restless so you put in an ethnic minority fellow with a happy face who throws the game.

    George Kenney: Nixon Now!

  • It has been said already, but I think a place-holder appointment by the Gov until the special election happens is functional, with a provision that the person appointed cannot run in the special election.

    Matthew Yglesias » Against Appointed Senators

  • As always, the ingenue was a docile, saintly (with one slip) place-holder, but Elena Shaddow, who was the girl in The Light in the Piazza did her level best with her, and has a lovely, clear voice.

    Fanny

  • Kathleen says with a steely glare, but I get the sense it's more a place-holder than genuine outrage.

    Fact-Checking Your Fiction

  • That's a smart twist: it would be hard for Obama to deliver the traditional "the state of our Union is strong" in the current economic climate – but "getting stronger" is good place-holder.9.21pm: And here's something a US president has not been able to say for a while: "Tonight, the American auto industry is back."

    State of the union 2012: Obama's address as it happened

  • RIck Perry may be just a place-holder for a lost sense of political integrity and vision.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Kinky Speaks: The Independent Texan Talks Democrats, The Tea Party, And Rick Perry

  • RIck Perry may be just a place-holder for a lost sense of political integrity and vision.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Kinky Speaks: The Independent Texan Talks Democrats, The Tea Party, And Rick Perry

  • The new place-holder will inevitably find his time taken up either with sitting before Congressional committees being berated for not getting Orion/Ares-I operational sooner or with having to demean himself to beg for money to make the thing fly before ISS retires and renders the program moot.

    Shuttle Shutdown Coming - NASA Watch

  • As always, the ingenue was a docile, saintly (with one slip) place-holder, but Elena Shaddow, who was the girl in The Light in the Piazza did her level best with her, and has a lovely, clear voice.

    Fanny

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