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    commander - in - chief

    Dears,

    What do the words like commander in chief really mean.

    Is it chief among commanders or chief of commanders ?

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    Gulam Dastgir

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    Re: commander - in - chief

    just a student.
    it seems to be the commander that is occupying the chief position. that's why he's "in chief" (in the chief position).
    your options are quite similar, to me.
    just a student.

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    Re: commander - in - chief

    It means that he or she is in supreme command of a nation's military forces.

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    Re: commander - in - chief

    Dear Ouisch,

    It does not seem the wright answer. What if i say manager - in chief?

    Similar word is like primus inter pares (First among equal). What does first here
    signify? Are the other two are subordinate to him?

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    Re: commander - in - chief

    Poor Ouisch, contradicted everywhere she goes! But she's right - unsurprisingly, as it's her language; she may also be a wright, if she makes things like wheels or ships.

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    Re: commander - in - chief

    Further reflections on commander-in-chief, from a governmental perspective. The US President is the command-in-chief. He's not a practising military man (I don't know if the US constitution allows him to be).

    Primus inter pares was a Latin play on words, usually translated as "first among equals". This is what the British Prime Minister is. He's a government minister like all the others, but he's the one that the monarch has chosen as his or her Prime Minister.

    I don't see any connection between the two ideas.

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