panjandrum

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Definizione monolingua panjandrum



panjandrum


Noun

panjandrum (plural panjandrums)


  1. An important, powerful or influential person.
    • 1755, Samuel Foote, The Great Panjandrum (a nonsense poem written to test actor Charles Macklins claim that he could accurately recite any paragraph of text after a single reading),
      So he died, / and she very imprudently married the Barber: / and there were present / the Picninnies, / and the Joblillies, / and the Garyulies, / and the great Panjandrum himself, / with the little round button at top;
    • 1910, Eliakim Littell, Making of America Project, Robert S. Littell, Living age ... (Littells Living Age), Volume 265, page 809,
      I think its an excellent thing that the Great Panjandrum is coming for the week-end. Have you ever met him in private?""
      I ought to explain that the Great Panjandrum was the nickname for Lord Elkindale, the then Foreign Secretary.
    • 1917, George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress,
      But my family has served the Panjandrums of Beotia faithfully for seven centuries. The Panjandrums have kept our place for us at their courts, honored us, promoted us, shed their glory on us, made us what we are.
  2. A self-important or pretentious person.
    • 1910, George Bernard Shaw, Misalliance,
      You can never imagine how delighted I was to find that instead of being the correct sort of big panjandrum you were supposed to be, you were really an old rip like papa.
  3. (military) A massive, rocket-propelled, explosive-laden cart designed by the British military during World War II.
    • 1967, John Winton, The War At Sea, 1939-1945: An Anthology of Personal Experience, page 304,
      The Panjandrum lurched and overturned, the crash dislodging several of the rockets, which flew low over the beach in all directions […] .
    • 2003, Neil A. Downie, chapter 14, Ink Sandwiches, Electric Worms, and 37 Other Experiments for Saturday Science, ISBN 0801874106, page 115:
      The idea was that the Panjandrum, a kind of explosion-driven Ferris wheel, would be set rotating and then released into shallow water to roll up onto enemy beaches.


Definizione italiano>inglese panjandrum


pezzo grosso

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Traduzione 'veloce'



pezzo grosso


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