grand poobah

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Etymology[edit]

From Pooh-Bah, the name of the character in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado (1885).

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  • IPA(key): /ɡɹænd ˈpuːbɑː/

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grand poobah (plural grand poobahs)

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, often humorous) A person who is important or high-ranking.
    He once played golf with the grand poobah of their company.
  2. An extremely pompous person.

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