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The highest level or quality.‘the top ranks of the government’‘a writer of the very top rank’[as modifier] ‘pupils from top-rank schools’
most powerful, most important, foremost, greatest, chief, outstanding, pre-eminent, richest, principal, dominant, most influential, most illustrious, paramount, top-tier, top-rank, of the first rank, first-rateView synonyms
- ‘The nice thing about Eastern European orchestras, even if they are not of the top rank, is that they have a sound of their own.’
- ‘At the least, they try to purge from the top ranks those they calculate might cause them trouble.’
- ‘The popularity of brownstone as a building material elevated the Portland businesses to the top ranks of the industry.’
- ‘He developed his strength with frequent long-distance training, and top-rank competition in amateur athletics.’
- ‘He is not a top-rank bridge player.’
- ‘England cricket stars Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen are propelling the maker of their bats into the top rank of equipment suppliers.’
- ‘He taught at top-rank institutions after leaving Poland.’
- ‘She is a top-rank Scottish musical export and was last year made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours.’
- ‘This is top-rank crime writing.’
- ‘The young prince had risen rapidly through the ranks of the school's Combined Cadet Corps, being promoted to the top rank of Cadet Officer last month.’
- ‘Under his guidance Caltech almost immediately entered the top rank of American research centers.’
- ‘Only top-rank stars have their hand and footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood.’
- ‘The next party congress is likely to see some major changes in the top ranks of the leadership.’
- ‘This is a world-class great performance that will propel Theron into the top ranks of Hollywood stars.’
- ‘This college was for those young officers deemed to be destined for the top ranks in the American Army.’
- ‘A second senior MI6 officer is resigning in a shake-up of the top ranks of Britain's secret intelligence service, the Guardian has learned.’
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