straw boss


: an assistant to a foreman in charge of supervising and expediting the work of a small group of workers
: a member of a group of workers who supervises the work of the others in addition to doing his or her own job

Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of straw boss was in 1894

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“Straw boss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

straw boss

: a person in charge of a small group of workers

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