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top gun

Slang. a person who is the best or one of the best in a particular field; the top-ranked person in a group.
an ace fighter pilot. Unabridged
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  • Later on one reads that he was then flying an Albatros, so it may have been a top gun.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • At the first upward zoom Ricky had pulled down the handle of his top gun and brought it into instant action.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable
Contemporary definitions for top gun

one who has attained the highest status or rank in a field or position

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