Definition of Straw boss

1. Noun. A member of a work gang who supervises the other workers.

Exact synonyms: Assistant Foreman
Generic synonyms: Boss, Chief, Foreman, Gaffer, Honcho

Definition of Straw boss

1. Noun. (American English) A worker acting as a supervisor of other workers ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Straw Boss

straw boss (current term)
straw bosses
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straw man
straw men
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straw mushrooms
straw nail
straw nails
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Literary usage of Straw boss

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1. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1914)
"straw boss A "straw boss" is a boss without any authority. Momence Stone Co. v. Groves, 64 NB 335, 330, 197 111. 88. "A 'straw boss' is a term to indicate ..."

2. Tales from a Dugout by Arthur Guy Empey (1918)
""He said: 'All right, you 're a straw boss.' "I had not the least idea of what he was talking about, but made up my mind that it would not take me long to ..."

3. Ford Methods and the Ford Shops by Horace Lucian Arnold, Fay Leone Faurote (1915)
"The sub-foreman is also known in the Ford shops as the "straw boss. ... The "straw boss," one grade above the ordinary workman, seems to have been inclined ..."

4. How to Get More Out of Your Factory (1909)
"The Clock as a straw boss I HAVE charge of a small machine shop where goods have to be pushed as much as possible in order to compete with larger firms," ..."

5. How to Reduce Factory Costs: A Factory Manager's Note-book of Cost-cutting (1909)
"The infallibility of a clerk, with the best intentions, can not be relied upon.' " The Clock as a straw boss ..."

6. Culture Agencies of a Typical Manufacturing Group: South Chicago by John Morris Gillette (1901)
"Their coming is due to the "straw boss." The "straw boss" is a man who works as a common laborer along with the gang in the yards. ..."

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