nounNorth American informal
A contemptible person, especially one pretending to have money, influence, or ability: he portrayed Wyatt Earp as a narcissistic tinhorn [as modifier]: tinhorn politicians
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- But the larger, more frightening meaning of his statement is that in order to rid the world of a tinhorn dictator who posed no credible threat to the United States, it was just dandy to lie to the people.
- He is no conservative, he's a crackpot - a tinhorn autocrat who has mistaken totalitarianism for conservatism.
- Trapped on the other side of the country aboard Air Force One, the President has lost his cool: ‘If some tinhorn terrorist wants me, tell him to come and get me!’
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