top dog


Definition of top dog 

: a person, group, or thing in a position of authority especially through victory in a hard-fought competition

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As an actual racing game, which is what The Crew 2 is, after all, the controls are not as tight or complex as those seen in the genre's top dogs Forza and Gran Turismo. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Crew 2': Game Review," 27 June 2018 In less than two years, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has made Manchester City one of European football's top dogs, but above all has turned even the Citizens' fringe players into the most versatile players around., "England Success in Russia Would Show Rising Influence of Pochettino and Guardiola in English Game," 21 June 2018 The seven members have come a long way in five years, trading their status as underdogs for top dogs. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "BTS' 50 Best Songs: Critics' Picks," 12 June 2018 Scroll through the gallery below to see health issues that plague top dog breeds. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "A pit bull was euthanized in a Texas panhandle animal shelter after giving birth, causing outrage," 6 June 2018 Many old friends from his short-track days in California showed up to hang with NASCAR’s latest top dog. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Kevin Harvick returns home in support of short track racing," 16 Mar. 2018 With James gone, Antetokounmpo has the opportunity to fill the vacancy as the conference's top dog. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With LeBron James gone, Giannis Antetokounmpo motivated to prove he's the best in Eastern Conference," 2 July 2018 By some measures the last top dog that rock ever bred, the California group is often spoken of as an embarrassing artifact of George W. Bush–era cultural crudeness. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 There was gossip in the paddock; the presence of the McLaren F1 team's top dogs ensured that much. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Detroit Grand Prix in pictures," 5 June 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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: a person or group that has the most power or success

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