grass tops

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See also: grasstops and grass-tops


Blades of grass

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From grass + tops, by analogy with grassroots.



grass tops (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Of, related to, or involving local influential figures.
    • 1998, Dan Clawson; Alan Neustadtl; Mark Weller, Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy, Philadelphia, Pa.: Temple University Press, →ISBN, page 12:
      Along with the ads, industry worked to mobilize local politicians and business executives in what business groups called a "grass tops" campaign.
    • 2003 November 6, Cara Gardner, “Prepping for surgery”, in The Pacific Northwest Inlander[1], archived from the original on 26 September 2015:
      "Some of the work is grassroots," he said, "and some of it is grass-tops – like this summit."
    • 2007 November 12, Carla Marinucci, “Obama’s team oozes optimism”, in San Francisco Chronicle[2], archived from the original on 4 August 2016:
      [Mitchell] Schwartz said [Hillary] Clinton's campaign in California – which has been heavy on endorsements and organization – is more "grasstops" than "grassroots," while the Illinois senator [Barack Obama] has "a campaign of inspiration and not obligation."
    • 2015, James E. Anderson, “The Policy-makers and Their Environment”, in Public Policymaking: An Introduction, 8th edition, Stamford, Ct.: Cengage Learning, →ISBN, page 64:
      In recent years, groups have made considerable use of "outside lobbying" techniques, which try to persuade ordinary citizens to serve as their frontline advocates. Prominent here are "grass-roots" and "grass-tops" lobbying. [] Grass-tops lobbying strives to favorably energize an elite rather than the masses.


grass tops pl (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) People in a position of power or influence at a local level.
    • 2007, David G. Smith; Judith D. Moore, Medicaid Politics and Policy, 1965–2007, New Brunswick, N.J.; London: Transaction Publishers, →ISBN, page 234:
      They also had important connections to advocacy groups and the local "grass tops."
    • 2012 December 3, Sophie Yan, “New group seeks to incite political action”, in The Brown Daily Herald[3], archived from the original on 11 December 2013:
      "We are grassroots, not grass-tops," Kaplan said, meaning Common Sense Action seeks the opinions of all members regardless of leadership status within the group.


grass tops

  1. plural of grass top.