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figurehead -- as in: he is just a figurehead
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  • During the whole of that period Napoleon, who seems to us to have been the leader of all these movements—as the figurehead of a ship may seem to a savage to guide the vessel—acted like a child who, holding a couple of strings inside a carriage, thinks he is driving it.

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  • Is she a real leader or a figurehead?
  • The administration fired all employees hired under the junta’s civilian figurehead government.

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