figurehead figurehead  /ˈfɪɡ jər ˌhɛd/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
  2. (n) figure on the bow of some sailing vessels

Usage(s):

  1. Tapping the disgruntled ex-Emperor as figurehead ruler, the Japanese promised him a kingdom to match his royal breeding.
  2. If bin Laden is the wrathful figurehead of al-Qaeda, Mohammed, 38, is its ringmaster of terror.
  3. Let's say he wants to send a message to the West, to the Israelis and also to Khamenei: I'm not a powerless figurehead like my predecessor, Mohammed Khatami.

News

  • Jason Varitek Proving to Be Valuable Tool in Scouting, Catcher Development (Video)

    “Special assistant” jobs are often figurehead positions in major league front offices, but the role that Jason Varitek has taken on with the Red Sox is anything but. The longtime Boston catcher and captain has played a large part in not only working with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross, but also in identifying young talent. […]
    on June 7, 2013     Source: New England Sports Network

Quotes

  1. Trump added, "Barbara has become a sad figurehead dominated by a third-rate comedian, and I now wish she had not recently chosen me as one of the 10 Most Fascinating People."
    on Jan 11, 2007 By: Donald Trump Source: Philadelphia Daily News

  2. "Neil impresses me. He's come into the job late in the season and that's never easy. But he's done fantastically well," Campbell said. "Neil told me he's looking for me to be a figurehead in the team. He's made it clear he's looking for more...
    on May 26, 2010 By: Sol Campbell Source: AFP

  3. "You have essentially become a figurehead," Waxman told Johnson.
    on May 20, 2008 By: Henry Waxman Source: FOXNews

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