top dog

noun
a person who is in charge (Freq. 3)
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the head of the whole operation

Syn: ↑head, ↑chief
Derivationally related forms: ↑headship (for: ↑head), ↑head (for: ↑head)
Hypernyms: ↑leader
Hyponyms:

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noun
Etymology: so called in allusion to a dogfight
: a person or group in a position of authority or distinction especially through victory in a hard-fought competition

union leaders fight for power, try to prove that they should be top dogsKiplinger Washington Letter

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top-dog, adj.
1. a person, group, or nation that has acquired a position of highest authority.
2. the winner of a competition or rivalry; champion: He was determined to be top dog at the swimming meet.
3. Animal Behav. the alpha male or alpha female in a dominance hierarchy.
[1885-1900]

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top dog noun (informal)
The winner, leader or dominant person
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Main Entry:top

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top dog UK US noun [countable] [singular top dog plural top dogs] informal
the best, most important, or most powerful person in a group, especially the winner in a competition
Thesaurus: successful personsynonym important and powerful person or peoplesynonym

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top dog,
1. the dog uppermost or on top in a fight.
2. Informal, Figurative: »

Norway has been top dog of the whaling business for more than half a century (Wall Street Journal).

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n. informal a person who is successful or dominant in their field

he was a top dog in the City

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noun, pl ⋯ dogs [count]
informal : a person or group that has the most power or success

the industry's top dogs

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ˌtop ˈdog [top dog] noun usually singular (informal)
a person, group or country that is better than all the others, especially in a situation that involves competition

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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