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Originally military slang, from [the] brass (“high-ranking officers”).
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- (collective, colloquial) A group of people who are the leaders or heads of an organization.
- 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.
group of people who are the leaders