brass hat


: a member of the brass

Example Sentences

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Word History


from the gold braid worn on the cap

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brass hat was in 1893

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“Brass hat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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