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top brass

noun, Informal.
brass (def 5).
Origin of top brass
An Americanism dating back to 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All of us—all the Academy top brass—develop a foolproof test for cadet maneuvers.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • The fit of the top brass therefore depends upon the fit strip being of the proper thickness from end to end.

  • What were the Corps' top brass thinking of, anyway, to put so much on an untried kid just out of school?

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • By going through channels, George worked up from the woodwork to the top brass!

    Chain of Command Stephen Arr
  • The top brass of Consolidated is giving you the green right down the line.

    The Cartels Jungle Irving E. Cox, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for top brass

top brass

(functioning as pl) (informal) the most important or high-ranking officials or leaders, as in politics, industry, etc See also brass (sense 5)
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Idioms and Phrases with top brass

top brass

see under brass hat
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