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top brass, the

Slang definitions & phrases for top brass, the



: He got the top recommendation (1714+)


  1. top sergeant (WWI Army)
  2. The best; most superior: You're the top, you're the Louvre Museum (1593+)


  1. To hang someone: A colleague sent to the gallows has been topped (1718+)
  2. To kill; BUMP someone OFF, hit (1930s+)
  3. To surpass; better; cap: I'll top that story with one of my own (1586+)
  4. To be executed for a capital crime (1960s+ Black)

Related Terms

blow one's top, chopped top, come out ahead, from the top, go something or someone one better, muttonhead, off the top, on top of, pop-top, ragtop, tip-top

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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