brass hat

noun Slang.
a person in a high position, especially a top-ranking army or navy officer.

1890–95 Unabridged
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brass hat
informal (Brit) a top-ranking official, esp a military officer
[C20: from the gold leaf decoration on the peaks of caps worn by officers of high rank]

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