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top dog

noun
1.
a person, group, or nation that has acquired a position of highest authority.
2.
the winner of a competition or rivalry; champion:
He was determined to be top dog at the swimming meet.
3.
Animal Behavior. the alpha male or alpha female in a dominance hierarchy.
Origin
1885-1900
1885-1900
Related forms
top-dog, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for topdog

top dog

noun
1.
(informal) the leader or chief of a group
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Slang definitions & phrases for topdog

top dog

noun phrase

The most important person; the chief; boss: Who's top dog around this place? (1900+)


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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Idioms and Phrases with topdog

top dog

see: top banana
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