- The definition of a tin god is a bossy person who receives more respect than he or she should receive.
An example of a tin god is a student who pushes everyone else around because the others are afraid of him.
tin god definition by Webster's New World
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an often pompous or dictatorial person who demands or receives more respect than is merited
tin god - Phrases/Idioms
A self-important, dictatorial, petty person who imposes ideas, beliefs, and standards on subordinates. For example, The officials in these small towns often act like tin gods. The tin in this expression alludes to the fact that tin is a base metal with relatively little value. [Late 1800s]