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  1. (context, US, informal) An officer with political influence; a head or chief in government, such as a sheriff.
    • 1887, Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of Central America, page 153, History Company
    • : Antonio Rivera Cabezas was chosen vice- in March 1830.
    • 1898, Southern Pacific Company Passenger Department, Sunset, Sunset Magazines Inc. (1912), pages 313-314
    • : before he stepped forward uttering the stereotyped greeting, the Texan had put him down as the or head man....
    • : Snatching up the rifle he lit out after the , who had left two jumps ahead of the smoke.
    • 1900, United States War Department, Annual Reports of the War Department, U.S. Government Printing Office
    • : Hilario Saí~+mn~o, a suspect, resident here but much doubted by the local, was put to the test
    • 1917, Harry Alverson Franck, Vagabonding Down the Andes: Being the Narrative of a Journey Chiefly Afoot from Panama to Beunos Aires, pages 119-120, The Century Co. (1920)
    • : We were asked to keep an eye out also for one Francisco Fabra, ...proposing marriage to one of the jefe"s sisters, but who had dropped out of sight upon receipt of her photograph.
    • 1933 William McFee?, No Castles in Spain, page 227, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.
    • : "Well, perhaps a message," I said. "Perhaps from the civil about a little fiesta."
    • 1982 April, W. Dirk Raat, Mexico: From Independence to Revolution, 1810-1910, University of Nebraska Press
    • : the jefes are usually, with no more questions, the political friends of the governors
    • 2005 February, Michael Archer, Firestorm, page 271, Firebomber Publications
    • : Gregorio thought for a moment, then said, "I think I will buy a big villa, like has, close to the capital".
      1. (context, US, borrowed) A boss in a business, company or other organization.
    • 1982 January, George Durham, Taming the Nueces Strip: The Story of McNelly?'s Rangers, page 120, University of Texas Press
    • : "They ain"t going to deliver the cattle across.... They"ve taken too much of a beating as it is. They"ve lost their big and lots of men."
    • 1998 June, Thomas Miller Klubock, Contested communities: Class, Gender, and Politics in Chile's El Teniente Copper Mine, 1904-1948, page 147, Duke University Press
    • : When they were slacking off in the mine, for example, and a arrived unexpectedly, they shouted loro (parrot) or fuego (fire) as warning signals.
    • 2004 June, Ned Crouch, Mexicans and Americans: Cracking the Cultural Code, page 95, Nicholas Brealey Publishing
    • : If the is American, this can best be achieved by appreciating the talents Mexicans have.... The is there, inspecting and counting pieces
    • 2004 December, Jeffrey Harris Cohen, The Culture of Migration in Southern Mexico, University of Texas Press
    • : A in this sense is a mentor, a person who is often a compadre of the migrant.... In any case, a is not a loan shark
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