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.
Recent Examples on the Web The next year, in 2017, with his philosophy prerequisites completed, the diocese offered Holgren the chance to go to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, which is regarded as kind of the top gun school for U.S. seminarians. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2021 Other top gun makers including Glock, Sig Sauer, Beretta, Daniel Defense, Barrett, HK, Springfield Armory and Savage Arms. Aaron Smith, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Ditto for top gun Alex Ovechkin, who suited up in Tuesday’s 2-1 win here over the Bruins., 15 May 2021 But as the 2-7 Cowboys pace toward a high 2021 draft selection, Aikman doesn’t believe the franchise should focus on positioning itself to draft top gun-slinging prospects like Clemson's Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State's Justin Fields. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 7 Feb. 2020 Their top guns were blanked pretty well, mostly 0 or 1 shot. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2019

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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 2 Dec. 2021.

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

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