high brass


Definition of high brass

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 brass— B. A. Botkin & A. F. Harlow doesn't know enlisted men and their opinion of high brass— G. W. Johnson

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First Known Use of high brass

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“High brass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20brass. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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