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perfumed princes

perfumed princes
 n.pl.— «Critics regard Petraeus as one of a type they call “perfumed princes,” a derisive term for officers who have advanced from one staff job to another, essentially working as efficient courtiers to the four-stars.» —“Iraq’s Repairman” by Rod Nordland, et al. Newsweek July 5, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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