brass hat


Definition of brass hat

: a member of the brass

Examples of brass hat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In December, Ben Schneider, a co-owner, pulled a milk crate full of antique brass hat hooks from a dusty crawl space beneath the roof and spotted behind it several decaying cardboard boxes that appeared to have been languishing there for decades. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Found in the Attic at Gage & Tollner: Historic Treasure," 6 Mar. 2020 Corruption allegations against junta brass hats have stoked public fury. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 As for the North Korean military, Kim Su Gil in May was appointed the new chairman of the KPA’s General Political Bureau, thus its de facto top brass hat. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "All Signs Suggest North Korea's Kim Jong Un Really Wants to Make a Deal," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of brass hat

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brass hat

from the gold braid worn on the cap

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The first known use of brass hat was in 1893

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“Brass hat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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