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executive, administration, board, authority, tycoon, magnate, administrator, representative, minister, bureaucrat, commissioner, agent, director, manager, officer, leader, secretary, judge, law, expert
- top 40,
- top banana,
- top billing,
- top boot,
- top cat,
- top dead-centre,
- top dog,
- top dollar,
- top drawer
Origin of top brass
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
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