Meaning of tin god in English:

tin god


  • 1A person, especially a minor official, who is pompous and self-important.

    ‘they are all little tin gods trying to get as much for themselves as they can’
    • ‘Is it that the power felt by such a person when standing before people who treat him as a tin god results in a loss of sanity?’
    • ‘The time is also long overdue to re-examine lifetime appointments of judges, which allows them to act like little tin gods, at the expense of our freedom and the country's elected government.’
    • ‘But you sense that he will run the show his way and give Wales some much-needed direction, whether one or two little tin gods like it or not.’
    • ‘"Wee-eell", said the little tin gods who run the benefits department, "that depends on your son".’
    • ‘The governors appear to be making themselves tin gods, just like ministers.’
    1. 1.1An object of unjustified veneration or respect.
      ‘These are always good questions, but they may be especially powerful when the tin god of Net Worth is looking particularly hollow.’
      • ‘The final nail in its coffin was the company's absurd decision to kowtow to the tin god of its licensing agreements.’