top brass

the most important persons in a governing body

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brass (def. 5).
[1935-40, Amer.]

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top brass
1. Brass hats
2. Those in authority at the top (also the brass)
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top brass UK US noun [uncountable] informal
the people with the highest status in an organization, especially the armed forces
Thesaurus: general words for rank and statussynonym from an upper class familysynonym

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top brass,
U.S. Slang.
1. high-ranking military officers.
2. high officials: »

the assembled top brass of the government (Harper's).

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n. see brass

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noun [noncount]
informal :brass 4

Navy top brass met earlier today.

— often used with the

The (company) top brass have/has decided that no action is necessary.

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ˌtop ˈbrass f67 [top brass] noun singular + singular or plural verb (BrE, informal)
= brass

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • top brass — /tɒp ˈbras/ (say top brahs) noun Colloquial 1. high ranking military officers. 2. the people in the most senior positions in an organisation. Also, brass …   Australian English dictionary

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