marzipan layer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

by analogy with the layer of marzipan below the icing on a Christmas cake

Noun[edit]

marzipan layer (plural marzipan layers)

  1. (UK, slang, finance) stockbroking executives immediately below the partners in a firm
  2. (by extension) all those just below the highest echelon in any sphere