Origin of top brass
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40
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Related Wordsexecutive, administration, board, authority, tycoon, magnate, administrator, representative, minister, bureaucrat, commissioner, agent, director, manager, officer, leader, secretary, judge, law, expert
- (functioning as plural) informal the most important or high-ranking officials or leaders, as in politics, industry, etcSee also brass (def. 5)
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Idioms and Phrases with top brass
see under brass hat.
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