top gun


Definition of top gun

: one who is at the top (as in ability, rank, or prestige)

Examples of top gun in a Sentence

He's the team's top gun. The company has its top guns handling the lawsuit.

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The string of vacancies on the top gun advocate's board comes amid a rash of inner turmoil and renewed scrutiny in the wake of two deadly mass shootings earlier this month. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Fourth NRA board director resigns as turmoil ravages organization," 13 Aug. 2019 Perhaps Busch simply was tired of hearing Harvick’s name batted around as the season’s top gun to date. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Kevin Harvick gets just desserts Sunday in Arizona desert with third consecutive victory," 12 Mar. 2018 This weekend, in which most of Oregon's top guns are in action at one of three meets in Southern California, is the first time the Ducks really have flexed their muscles outdoors this year., "Too early to count out the Ducks for the outdoor championships: Oregon track & field rundown," 20 Apr. 2018 One of Trump’s top gun safety proposals after the Florida shooting — raising the age to purchase some rifles from 18 to 21 — receded after Trump lunched with leaders of the National Rifle Association last weekend. Washington Post, "GOP leaders move slowly on tighter gun law," 7 Mar. 2018 With midterm elections approaching, Republican leaders also are seeking ways to address school safety without prompting a backlash from gun owners or the National Rifle Association, the nation’s top gun lobby. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Trump’s Gun Plan to Include Encouraging States to Allow Armed School Staff," 10 Mar. 2018 Piatt hopes to challenge Rep. Thomas Massie, a Garrison Republican and one of Congress' top gun rights advocates. Forrest Sellers,, "Local congressional candidate on Florida shooting: 'Watching others lose a child and knowing what they feel brings it all back.'," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of top gun

1941, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of top gun

US, informal
: a person who is the best at a particular activity
: a powerful or important person

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