empty suit


Definition of empty suit

: an ineffectual executive

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One user from the Jacksonville, Florida, area shared a video of an empty suit in a chair reserved for the local house representative. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Paul Ryan Was Among the Politicians Called Out for Not Attending Town Hall for Our Lives Events," 9 Apr. 2018 When Emmanuel Macron ran for president of France, his critics dismissed him as an empty suit who didn’t stand a chance. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "France’s Macron Set to Defy Doubters Again," 10 Sep. 2017 Well, over the weekend, the kitty came screeching out of the burlap thanks to obvious anagram Reince Priebus, the emptiest suit in American politics. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Watching Scotty Blow, Continued," 11 Mar. 2014 With no party affiliation, Sarec has branded Pahor as an empty suit who fears decision-making. Boris Cerni, Bloomberg.com, "Slovenia's Instagram President on Track to New Term in Election," 21 Oct. 2017 As the name would indicate, the account was created specifically to defend the honor of everyone’s favorite incompetent empty suit. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Roger Goodell’s Wife Had a Kevin Durant-Style Twitter Account to Defend Her Husband," 12 Oct. 2017

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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