Grand-poobah meaning

(idiomatic, colloquial, often humorous) A person who is important or high-ranking.

He once played golf with the grand poobah of their company.

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An extremely pompous person.
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Origin of grand-poobah

  • From Pooh-Bah, the name of the character in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado (1885).

    From Wiktionary