Entry from British & World English dictionary
A self-important minor official: these jumped-up jacks-in-office have too much their own way
More example sentences
- Well - that isn't democracy, but rule by local busybodies, tribal chiefs and jacks-in-office, plus a scattering of carpetbaggers recently returned from exile and supported by our bayonets.
- Not only will people pointedly fail to attend your rallies there, but your intrusive business activities will receive notice from new jacks-in-office with amazingly narrow-minded views on what is permissible.
- I hope this doesn't mean that this jack-in-office is yet another NGO (non-governmental official) who has some kind of ‘right of entry’ - because he's not coming in here.
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