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A high-ranking officer in the armed forces.‘military brass hats proudly handed out scores of prizes’
- ‘Oh, brass hats might complain about items that should be deserved rather than dispensed.’
- ‘The brass hats are furious that an operational matter should be kicked around like a football across the House of Commons chamber.’
- ‘Political brass hats attending the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Queensland, Australia, naturally assumed they were receiving the sharpest, tightest security possible.’
- ‘They are basically trading casualties one-for-one with the regime loyalists which, as any brass hat will tell you, ain't no way to win at counter-insurgency.’
- ‘A small state with limited resources cannot afford to feed the army of bureaucrats and brass hats of the police.’
Late 19th century: so named because of the gilt insignia on the caps of such officers.
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