Examples of honcho in a Sentence
the office was all abuzz because some honchos from corporate headquarters were coming for a visit
he's definitely the head honcho in that company
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At the end of the year Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb officially stepped down, leaving John Mackey as the high-end grocer’s sole head honcho.
Perhaps no owner is closer to Trump—or more influential in the league—than Cowboys honcho Jerry Jones.
Set months after Winter Soldier, the film finds Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Roberty Downey Jr.), and the rest of the team surviving in a post-S.H.I.E.L.D. world, snuffing out Hydra honchos and restoring world balance.
The porn magazine honcho has made similar offers before.
The Maybach Music head honcho later headed out on his balcony to soak in the warm weather and continue addressing Birdman.
What’s harder for residents to buy into is when civic honchos sell or lease that public land to developers.
Hammond’s late father, former Columbia Records’ honcho John Hammond, Sr., helped launch the careers of Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Count Basie, Bruce Springsteen, Benny Goodman, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more.
Publicly, the Times’ honchos appear to be circling the wagons.
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A relic of the large US presence in Japan in the years following World War II, the word honcho comes from the Japanese word hanchō meaning “leader of the squad, section, group.” We are uncertain of the exact route by which honcho found its way into American military argot in the mid-1950s, though it is known that the Japanese applied hanchō to British or Australian officers in charge of work parties in prisoner-of-war camps. By the 1960s, the word had become part of colloquial American jargon.
Origin and Etymology of honcho
First Known Use: 1945See Words from the same year
Synonymsbig, big boy, big cheese, bigfoot, biggie, big gun, big leaguer, big-timer, big wheel, bigwig, fat cat, heavy, heavy hitter, heavyweight, high-muck-a-muck (or high-muckety-muck), big shot, kahuna, kingfish, kingpin, major leaguer, muckety-muck (also muck-a-muck or mucky-muck), nabob, nawab, nibs, nob [chiefly British], pooh-bah (also poo-bah), wheel
Antonymslightweight, nobody, nonentity, nothing, shrimp, twerp, whippersnapper, zero, zilch
Related Wordsbaron, czar (also tsar or tzar), king, lion, magnate, mogul, prince, tycoon; VIP
Near Antonymsinferior, subordinate, underling; mediocrity, obscurity
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