top gun

noun

Definition of top gun

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

Examples of top gun in a Sentence

  1. He's the team's top gun.

  2. The company has its top guns handling the lawsuit.

First Known Use of top gun

1941


TOP GUN Defined for English Language Learners

top gun

noun

Definition of top gun for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is the best at a particular activity

  • : a powerful or important person


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