empty suit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from unfavorable observations that ineffective professionals are memorable only for what they wear and not what they accomplish at the workplace. [c. 1970]

Noun[edit]

empty suit (plural empty suits)

  1. (derogatory) A person in a position of authority who is ineffective or incompetent.

References[edit]

  • littlegreenfootballs.com Oct 22, 2006, The Empty Suit, New York Times spokesman Barney Calame -- the widely-reviled, worthless "public editor".