Chiefly British One who has a political appointment in the government.(noun)
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Use "placeman" in a sentence
"Through no fault of his own, he will be labelled the Tories' placeman."
"Now his placeman is prime minister, to what extent does he hold sway?"
"Michael Booth: So does his Blackburn with Darwen constituency - but I doubt we'll get it until he takes his seat in the Lords to be replaced with another Labour placeman."