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  • n  a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached
  • n  an office that involves minimal duties

  • Last week, after a two-month trial during which the prosecution proved that David's beer-selling sinecure was merely a front for his gambling and labor-racketeering interests, a court convicted him of tax evasion.
  • The job was no sinecure, but it had a double attraction for this able, efficient veteran of 16 Congressional years: a guaranteed 15-year tenure at $10,000 a year, a chance to .
  • If he was giving up the top job at Goldman Sachs, he wasn't doing it for a sinecure.
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  • Flip a coin for public advocate's runoff
    I should know better than to admit this, lest I be called naive or (the worst New York insult of all) earnest, but I am puzzled by the Oct. 1 runoff election for the Democratic nominee for public advocate. Puzzled by the fact that it is happening at all: an estimated $25 million spent solely on a primary runoff for a citywide sinecure with an annual budget of less than $2.3 million and three ...
    Sept. 27, 2013 - Crain's New York Business

  • Jeff Bezos in CNET News
    I never want to convey that I think we have a sinecure with any particular product offering, but if we execute well and other companies that do these kinds of electronic readers, that is going to be part of what happens with newspapers,Bezos...
  • Pat Buchanan in Editor & Publisher
    Buchanan added that Wolfowitz's new position was "not your average sinecure. The job commands a munificent salary, tax free. Nor does it require Senate confirmation, where Wolfowitz might have had to explain his role in deceiving us into war. Nor is...
  • James Patterson in Jamaica Observer
    At the swearing-in of ministers of state and parliamentary secretaries in January 1995, Patterson warned: "I am insisting on performance and accountability; nobody has any sinecure in any office. Performance and accountability will be the measure....

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