It came from a prisoner on the transport who was sentenced to fifteen years for striking a top-sergeant.
When Newt scowled in that fashion the top-sergeant was troubled with apprehension.
top-sergeant Peter Spooner glanced at that scowl, and a faint frown crossed his own features.
His top-sergeant had seen to that, even though the soldier had surreptitiously sought to slip a revolver inside his army shirt.
If he paused even a second in his reports a top-sergeant's yell from the Colonel's throat came back for him to keep talking.
Then early in the afternoon my top-sergeant got a bayonet, and a hand-grenade got a group of my non-commissioned officers.
Our top-sergeant was scoring badly at six hundred yards, and the lieutenant said, “Let me try your gun.”
Best; most superior; absolutely first-rate; the TOPS: I wish you could print Mencken every month; he's tops/ Sanitation Service Is Tops (1935+)