1. A small minded person with limited imagination whose interaction with the world is characterised by an urge to define, limit and quantify.
Identifying characteristics include an urge to control the behaviour of others and a seeming unlimited capacity to spout nonsensical garbage and attempt to justify it as 'best practice'.
2. A mechanical person kept in the pocket. Usually placed on a table, and, once a battery has been inserted (orifice of choice), proceeds to march around, salute and make unreasonable demands.
3. A politician or public relations manager.
4. A small dried dog turd kept in the pocket and used as a worry bead.
Commonly used in reference to politicians, pubic relations workers, government employees, traffic wardens, volunteer managers, shopping centre security guards and social workers.
General use includes any person who, having been given the tiniest amount of responsibility, then begins to engage in behaviour likely to result in limiting the rights of others under the pretext of acting for the common good.
Originally a Buddhist symbol of peace and kept on one's person on a chain or in a pocket, the German Nazi party adopted and adapted the image by reversing it and the swastika became mis-associated and interpreted as an image of oppression and racism.
The term 'pocket nazi' refers to the oppressive characteristics of people who should not be given any position of authority since their behaviour immediately becomes reminiscent of authoritarian dictators.
"Christ what a pocket nazi."
"Are you the pocket nazi from the government?"
"Fuck-off you pocket nazi!"
Partial phrases useful for identifying possible pocket nazis:
"I think you will all agree with me that....."
"There is no doubt that vulnerable sections of our community...."
"Oi... what do you think yur doin then?"
"We all appreciate your efforts and believe you understand that the hard choices before us..."
"Excuse me sir..."
"Sign here, please"