top gun


Definition of top gun

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

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He's the team's top gun. The company has its top guns handling the lawsuit.
Recent Examples on the Web So both men have played on the offensive line, and have prior experience being the top gun managing the line. Karen Guregian, The Denver Post, "Tom Brady isn’t the only GOAT the Patriots are replacing," 5 July 2020 Until now, the top gun in the sport-utility stoplight drags has been Jeep's 4.0-liter Cherokee. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 GMC Typhoon," 19 May 2020 That’s perhaps why the fund has met with SoftBank’s top guns, including Mr. Son, to push for changes in a cordial manner. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Elliott Can Make a Quick Buck From SoftBank," 7 Feb. 2020 Their top guns were blanked pretty well, mostly 0 or 1 shot. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Winterhawks give up 4 straight, lose first of the year," 5 Oct. 2019 Here’s a good sign, though: Woods’ top guns at TGR Design are set to come, with President Bryon Bell and top designer Beau Welling both heading to Chicago. Teddy Greenstein,, "Is Tiger Woods coming to Chicago for the BMW Championship? He has lots of golf and non-golf reasons to make the trip.," 12 Aug. 2019 Financial support is also weakening from some top gun manufacturers as sales have softened. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "Beyond the Grave, the N.R.A.’s $56 Million Donor Lives On," 16 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of top gun

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Top gun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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