a) One appointed to a political office in government.
b) A derogatory term for an appointee.

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  • placeman — placemanship, n. /plays meuhn/, n., pl. placemen. Brit. a person appointed to a position, esp. one in the government, as a reward for political support of an elected official. [1735 45; PLACE + MAN] * * * …   Universalium

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  • placeman — noun a disparaging term for an appointee • Syn: ↑placeseeker • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Britain, ↑United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ↑Great Britain …   Useful english dictionary

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