top brass

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Originally military slang, from [the] brass (high-ranking officers).

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top brass (usually uncountable, plural top brasses)

  1. (collective, colloquial) A group of people who are the leaders or heads of an organization.
    Synonyms: governance, governing body, organisation, administration, establishment
    • 1872, New Zealand Parliament, House of Representatives, “Parliamentary debates”, in 57, volume 1-6, page 649:
      The top brass of the army are up to various types of mischief and they do not want the public or even Members of Parliament to know about them.

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