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top sergeant

noun, Military Slang.
a first sergeant.
Origin of top sergeant
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • top-sergeant Peter Spooner glanced at that scowl, and a faint frown crossed his own features.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • His top-sergeant had seen to that, even though the soldier had surreptitiously sought to slip a revolver inside his army shirt.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • 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.

    Shipwreck in the Sky Eando Binder
  • 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.”

    At Plattsburg Allen French
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Best; most superior; absolutely first-rate; the TOPS: I wish you could print Mencken every month; he's tops/ Sanitation Service Is Tops (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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