brass hat

noun
a high-ranking military officer
Hypernyms: ↑military officer, ↑officer

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noun
Etymology: so called from the gold braid worn on the cap
1. : a high-ranking officer in the armed forces
2. : a person in a high position in civil life

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Slang.
a person in a high position, esp. a top-ranking army or navy officer.
[1890-95]

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brass hat noun (milit sl)
A staff officer (with gold braid on his hat)
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Main Entry:brass

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brass hat,
Slang.
1. a high-ranking military officer, especially a general or staff officer.
2. a civilian official in a high position.
[because of the gilt insignia on officers' caps]

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n. informal a high-ranking officer in the armed forces
Origin:
late 19th cent.: so named because of the gilt insignia on the caps of such officers

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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