One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having the top rank or position in a particular hierarchy.‘America's highest-ranking military officer’
- ‘His claim to be "probably the world's highest-ranking statesman to oppose globalization" may well be true.’
- ‘The Margarita was also the preferred mixed drink in all types of outlets combined, preferred by more than 2 to 1 over the next highest-ranking drink.’
- ‘In the early Zulu kingdom only the highest-ranking members of society were allowed to wear brass ornaments.’
- ‘Distribution of the highly sensitive materials was intentionally limited to a select group of the highest-ranking officials.’
- ‘The highest-ranking female officer in the Royal Navy is a commodore.’
- ‘Many regard the Udzungwa forests to be among the highest-ranking destinations for bird-watching in Africa.’
- ‘In fact, her appointment reportedly made her the highest-ranking woman in Chicago business.’
- ‘Willis plays the colonel, the highest-ranking officer among the American prisoners.’
- ‘General Riley, the highest-ranking officer there not counting Derringer, moved into the square, leading a platoon to the riverside to fire.’
- ‘If there is a tie for highest-ranking card, the trick is won by whichever of the equal cards was played first.’
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