‘The third party was a mandarin at the Foreign Office,’ Mr Lee recalled, sitting in a high-backed armchair in his flat off Bootham.
At last the fruits are ripe on the mandarin tree and you squeeze your first delicious juice from them for breakfast.
Politicians, insisted Yes Minister's legendary mandarin , Sir Humphrey Appleby, simply cannot be trusted.
Hugh had a problem with all the leaves falling off his mandarin tree.
One minister did so, and claims to have been told by a senior mandarin that it was ‘disconcerting’ for officials to find their minister talking independently to outside sources of advice.
The refined and leisured lifestyle from the 1920s and 1930s can be relived when viewers appreciate the varied designs of their mandarin gowns and the way they made themselves up.
a red-buttoned mandarin cap
Yin Zang Yan, a stereotypical Fu Manchu style Chinese man, dressed as a mandarin , glances around magisterially.
A French philosopher had more in common with a Chinese mandarin than with his barbaric Frankish ancestors in the Dark Ages.
a civil service mandarin