secretary


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secretary

1. (in Britain) a senior civil servant who assists a government minister
2. (in the US and New Zealand) the head of a government administrative department
3. (in Britain) See secretary of state
4. (in Australia) the head of a public service department
5. Diplomacy the assistant to an ambassador or diplomatic minister of certain countries
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As on the Secretary's face there was a nameless cloud, so on his manner there was a shadow equally indefinable.
She knew that he was shaking the house by his walking to and fro; and she declared it another of the miseries of being poor, that you couldn't get rid of a haunting Secretary, stump--stump--stumping overhead in the dark, like a Ghost.
If he has not yet arrived, my secretary shall telephone for him."
In a few minutes his secretary reappeared, ushering in Mr.
Lord George and his secretary quickly dismounting, gave their horses to their servant, who, under the guidance of Hugh, repaired to the stables.
"In three days your friend the secretary will be directed to come to your house, and read before you the articles of impeachment; and then to signify the great lenity and favour of his majesty and council, whereby you are only condemned to the loss of your eyes, which his majesty does not question you will gratefully and humbly submit to; and twenty of his majesty's surgeons will attend, in order to see the operation well performed, by discharging very sharp-pointed arrows into the balls of your eyes, as you lie on the ground.
"Think you know him?" asked the sallow secretary, as I stooped and peered with my heart in my boots.
"I suppose I'm a fool," remarked the assistant secretary; "but by George, I can't help believing it, and I can see that girl now, with the big Airedale at her side protecting her from the terrors of a million years ago.
And at these moments, when contradictions rained like hail, the well-known irritability of the secretary of the Gun Club constituted a permanent danger for the Honorable Belfast.
"He ought to be glad to get you," said the secretary diplomatically.
"It's come!" the secretary gasped, the sweat beading his forehead and his eyes bulging behind their glasses.
Every effort should be made to find the secretary, Stangerson, and to ascertain some particulars of the habits of the deceased.