high brass

noun

1
: brass containing at least 33 percent zinc compare low brass
2
: high-ranking officers or officials
the living honorees weren't always political or military or railroad high brassB. A. Botkin & A. F. Harlow
doesn't know enlisted men and their opinion of high brassG. W. Johnson

Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of high brass was in 1951

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“High brass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20brass. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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