Origin of tin godin reference, refer to tin as being worth little in comparison with the silver or gold of which idols were usually made
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.
an often pompous or dictatorial person who demands or receives more respect than is merited
(plural tin gods)