The definition of a straw boss is a person who supervises other workers but does not have a lot of authority or power.
An example of a straw boss is an assistant manager who has no control over the employees.
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a person having subordinate authority, as a foreman's assistant a supervisor who has little or no authority to support his orders Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
A worker who acts as a boss or crew leader in addition to performing regular duties.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. straw boss - Phrases/Idioms
A subordinate boss, a worker who supervises other workers as well as performing regular duties. For example,
Jim was pleased when he was promoted to straw boss. This term alludes to the person's position as a
straw man, that is, a front or cover for the real boss and of only nominal importance. [Late 1800s] The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.