panjandrum

panjandrum [ pan-JAN-druh’ m ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 a person who has or claims to have tremendous importance or influence
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The BJP's panjandrums will have to sit down and analyse the impact of Varun Gandhi's speech at the recent parliamentary hustings.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 That wouldn't please the Democratic panjandrums who desperately want a nominee now that John McCain has wrapped up the Republican race.

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