Definitions

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  • noun Alternative form of poobah.

Etymologies

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From Pooh-Bah, a comic character in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Mikado (1885).

Examples

  • It didn't matter if you were President George H.W. Bush or Ben Bradlee, the legendary Washington Post editor and pooh-bah of insider journalism, who was always publicly proclaiming his tough-guy desire to "give my left nut" for one story after another 'How many of those can one guy have to give?'

    Craig Crawford: Revenge of the Mask

  • You have the feeling the words are dictated by some party pooh-bah who believes the speech will fail if it does not touch all the issues on every strategist's list.

    Jim Webb: The last Jacksonian Democrat

  • You have the feeling the words are dictated by some party pooh-bah who believes the speech will fail if it does not touch all the issues on every strategist's list.

    Jim Webb: The last Jacksonian Democrat

  • It didn't matter if you were President George H.W. Bush or Ben Bradlee, the legendary Washington Post editor and pooh-bah of insider journalism, who was always publicly proclaiming his tough-guy desire to "give my left nut" for one story after another 'How many of those can one guy have to give?'

    Craig Crawford: Revenge of the Mask

  • Later, Carter describes O'Brien as appearing "so drawn," and "so stony-blank" that NBC pooh-bah Jeff Zucker "thought he looked catatonic."

    Pick of the day: The ballad of Jay and Conan

  • Kentucky planter and pooh-bah James Taylor a cousin of President Zachary Taylor, onboard an Ohio River steamboat, "spoke at extraordinary length and spat all the time like a sprinkling can."

    From the Rhine to the Wild West

  • I debated a Tea Party pooh-bah on LA's NPR station KPCC yesterday.

    Jamie Court: Big Oil Behind the Tea

  • Think Bob Dole - numbingly boring presidential candidate, but wry, witty and downright punchy when the cameras were turned off during his disastrous 1996 campaign and later when he was freed to be himself as a wisecracking Senate pooh-bah.

    Amid a sea of political tell-alls, Gordon Brown produces a typically wonky memoir

  • Think Bob Dole - numbingly boring presidential candidate, but wry, witty and downright punchy when the cameras were turned off during his disastrous 1996 campaign and later when he was freed to be himself as a wisecracking Senate pooh-bah.

    The gift of drab

  • "I'd have to kill myself after we talked, so I think I'll pass," one Washington pooh-bah and logical invitee says.

    Chelsea Clinton's wedding: A very inviting proposition? Not for some VIPs.

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  • "POOH: It is consequently my degrading duty to serve this upstart as First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of the Buckhounds, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, and Lord Mayor, both acting and elect, all rolled into one. And at a salary! A Pooh-Bah paid for his services! I a salaried minion! But I do it! It revolts me, but I do it!"

    - Gilbert & Sullivan, 'The Mikado'.

    September 3, 2008

  • I lurve The Mikado.

    September 3, 2008