Definition of chief noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃiːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃiːf//
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  1. 1  a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organization army/industry/police chiefs
  2. 2(often as a title) a leader or ruler of a people or community Chief Buthelezi Chief Crazy Horse See related entries: Job titles
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French chief, chef, based on Latin caput ‘head’.Extra examples Sanger was appointed chief of the Fire Department. Health chiefs say waiting times are down. Politicians are demanding the resignation of the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Security chiefs are keeping their men on full alert after the bomb threat. Virgin chief, Richard Branson, may take legal action against the newspaper. We spoke to a former CIA chief of European operations. the police/​fire chiefIdioms
    too many chiefs and not enough Indians
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    (British English, informal) used to describe a situation in which there are too many people telling other people what to do, and not enough people to do the work
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