There is a belfry-man whose sole duty is to attend to it; but this duty is the most perfect of sinecures
-- for the clock of Vondervotteimittis was never yet known to have anything the matter with it.
A pen-stroke might demolish his civilian epaulets, his place at court, his sinecure
, his two offices and their advantages; in all, six salaries retained under fire of the law against pluralists.
"Well, as I told you before, and as you have since probably discovered for yourself, you won't find it exactly a sinecure
. My own part of the business is by no means that; indeed, there are those who would throw up the case, after the kind of treatment that you have seen for yourself.
Some laughed; some said, by way of complete excuse, that the post was virtually a sinecure
, and any fool who could spell his name was good enough for it; some, and these the more solemn political oracles, said that Decimus did wisely to strengthen himself, and that the sole constitutional purpose of all places within the gift of Decimus, was, that Decimus should strengthen himself.
Her father was a retired admiral, with sufficient influence to have had a sinecure
made by a Conservative government expressly for the maintenance of his son pending alliance with some heiress.
He looked as though he did not take his salary from the public company, whose servant he was, for a sinecure
In short, I went on thus for a long time (I may say it without boasting), faithfully minding my business, till it became more and more evident that my townsmen would not after all admit me into the list of town officers, nor make my place a sinecure
with a moderate allowance.
The attendant of this place was temporarily absent, probably because the only guests were at dinner and his office was a sinecure
. After groping through a grey forest of overcoats, he found that the dim cloak room opened on the lighted corridor in the form of a sort of counter or half-door, like most of the counters across which we have all handed umbrellas and received tickets.
Miss Briggs was not formally dismissed, but her place as companion was a sinecure
and a derision; and her company was the fat spaniel in the drawing-room, or occasionally the discontented Firkin in the housekeeper's closet.
His stable services were merely a sinecure
, and consisted simply in a daily care and inspection, and directing an under-servant in his duties; for Marie St.
I will take care that your new office shall be a sinecure
. This lady is the Light of my Life.
I have heard of a good many soft sinecures
, but it seems to me that keeping toll-bridge on a glacier is the softest one I have encountered yet.
That, perhaps, it was a little unjust, that all the great offices in this great office should be magnificent sinecures
, while the unfortunate working-clerks in the cold dark room upstairs were the worst rewarded, and the least considered men, doing important services, in London.
Although it seems that, since the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, this has been largely a sinecure
, his role, as an enthusiastic cheerleader for leaving the European Union, might be simply to add weight to the overwhelmingly Brexiteer composition of Boris Johnson's cabinet.
SO Coun Kim McGuinness takes up the very generous PS80k sinecure
of PCC in place of Dame Vera Baird QC (pictured), who swapped jobs for the even more lucrative position of 'Victims' Commissioner'.