Origin of brass hat
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How to use brass hat in a sentence
Stetson returned east in 1865 and created his own hat company, which produced high-quality hats made for outdoor use.
Based on the hat he had created for himself, Stetson made a version called “The Boss of the Plains.”
While panning for gold, he made himself a large hat from the hides he had collected on his trip.
John B. Stetson was born in 1830 in New Jersey, the son of a hat maker.
A gifted marketer, he sent samples of the hat to merchandisers all over the West, asking for a minimum order of a dozen.
Behold a dumpy, comfortable British paterfamilias in a light flannel suit and a faded sun hat.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
On his head was the second-hand hat of some parvenu's coachman, gold lace, cockade and all.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
"I hope you don't think I speak always to strangers, like that," said the girl in the rose hat.
Afterwards we saw you once or twice at tea at the Ritz, and you took off your hat, so you must have remembered then.
His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for brass hat
Word Origin for brass hat
Other Idioms and Phrases with brass hat
A high-ranking official, as in All the brass bats were invited to the sales conference. The terms big brass, top brass, and the brass all refer to high officials considered as a group. For example, John's one of the top brass in town—he's superintendent of schools. The origin of this term is disputed. Most authorities believe it originated in the late 19th-century British army, when senior officers had gold leaves on their cap brims. Another theory is that it referred to the cocked hat worn by Napoleon and his officers, which they folded and carried under the arm when indoors. In French these were called chapeaux à bras (“hats in arms”), a term the British are supposed to have anglicized as brass. By World War I brass hat referred to a high-ranking officer in Britain and America, and in World War II it was joined by the other brass phrases. After the war these terms began to be used for the top executives in business and other organizations.