from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British One who has a political appointment in the government.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One appointed to a political office, especially in government, as a reward for political support; an appointee, a yes-man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who holds or occupies a place; one who has office under government.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who holds or occupies a place; specifically, one who has an office under government.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a disparaging term for an appointee
Through no fault of his own, he will be labelled the Tories' placeman.
Now his placeman is prime minister, to what extent does he hold sway?
Michael Booth: So does his Blackburn with Darwen constituency - but I doubt we'll get it until he takes his seat in the Lords to be replaced with another Labour placeman.
Another Labour source said: "We don't want somebody who could be construed as a Labour placeman."
Mandelson, on the other hand, has been elected by no one at all and is simply a Labour placeman planted in the Upper House to help Brown save his skin.
But what is the point of voting for a placeman or a dullard simply because, on balance, you'd prefer his leader to be the next Prime Minister?
P.S. Brown has a placeman in the IMF as we found out when he got it to pull its report saying the banking crisis would cost the UK £190bn.
Now, the army chief, General Moeen U. Ahmed, had himself been a BNP placeman: it is alleged that he was promoted chief over the heads of senior officers for his loyalty.
Ercole Rangoni was a Medici placeman in the College.
Lyons is just another third-rate Labour placeman with his snout in the taxpayers' trough.