Definition of pannikin boss in English:

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pannikin boss


Australian /NZ informal
A minor overseer or foreman.
Example sentences
  • With the bleak days of the Depression only a little behind, men who had known relief camps and pannikin bosses had no zest for more mud or for Army sergeants.
  • What do we see today in the new Devonport mall? Four men and a host of machinery, and that's not counting the "pannikin bosses".
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