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Definition of Figurehead

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one who is head (of a company, group, etc.) only in name (in politics, it normally refers to a spouse or advisor of a political leader who serves as de facto leader who sets policy by way of influence or manipulation); carved figure attached to the bow of a sailing ship
Figurehead Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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figurehead
\fig"ure*head`\ (?), n.
1. (naut.) the figure, statue, or bust, on the prow of a ship.
2. a person who allows his name to be used to give standing to enterprises in which he has no responsible interest or duties; a nominal, but not real, head or chief.
figurehead
n
1. a person used as a cover for some questionable activity [syn: front man, front, nominal head, straw man]


2. figure on the bow of some sailing vessels

ENGLISH IDIOMS 2.EDITION
a person who calculates but does not control "Shamir is just a figurehead; if you want a decision, see Ali."
English Idioms WM 1.3a
a person who calculates but does not control
Shamir is just a figurehead; if you want a decision, see Ali.
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
(synonym) front man, front, nominal head, straw man, strawman
(hypernym) deceiver, cheat, cheater, trickster, beguiler, slicker
2. figure on the bow of some sailing vessels
(hypernym) figure
Figurehead Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
In politics, a figurehead is a person who holds de jure (in name or by law) an important title or office (often supremely powerful), yet de facto (in reality) executes little actual power, most commonly limited either by convention or law. The metaphor derives from the carved figurehead at the prow of a sailing ship. Commonly cited figureheads include Queen Elizabeth II, who is Queen of sixteen Commonwealth realms and head of the Commonwealth, but has no power over the nations in which she is not head of state and does not exercise power in her own realms on her own initiative. Other figureheads are the Emperor of Japan, the King of Sweden, or presidents in some parliamentary republics, such as the President of India, President of Israel, President of Bangladesh, President of Greece, President of Germany, President of Pakistan, and the President of the People's Republic of China (without CPC General Secretary and Chairman of CMC posts).

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