hon·cho (hŏnchō) Slang
n. pl. hon·chos
A person who is in charge; a manager or leader: "Now that Hollywood honchos have discovered the verdant beachfront villages, the stores have grown in scope and sophistication" (David Field).
tr.v. hon·choed, hon·cho·ing, hon·chos
To direct or manage: "He ... is honchoing preparations for the forthcoming ... economic summit" (Newsweek).
[Japanese hanchō, squad leader : han, squad (from Middle Chinese paːn, division, class; also the source of Mandarin bān) + chō, chief (from Middle Chinese triaŋ´; also the source of Mandarin zhǎng).]
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