Definition of tinhorn
: one (such as a gambler) who pretends to have money, ability, or influence
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Seen from sophisticated aeries such as New York or London, their politics have often seemed clownish and tinhorn.
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Definition of tinhorn for English Language Learners
: a person who talks and acts like someone who is strong and powerful but who is really weak, unimportant, etc.
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