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Definition of stovepipe

stovepipe

  • inside the military, slang for practice of taking a piece of intelligence or a request that should be pushed through the chain of command - checked at levels and sent from one level to another - and bringing it straight to the highest authority. -- The New Yorker

    Last edited on May 16 2004. Submitted by Emmett M. on May 16 2004.

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