Definition of top gun in US English:

top gun


  • A (or the) most important person.

    ‘the top guns in contention for the coveted post of chairman’
    • ‘When we come back, some surprising words about the press from one of the top guns at 1600 Pennsylvania.’
    • ‘However when it comes to a knockout competition, there are always surprises and as always some of the top guns will be making their exit in the opening rounds with last year's finalists Desmonds and Duagh meeting in the first round.’
    • ‘But in order to be top gun in 2004, he has to topple the deficits, topple the rise in unemployment, topple the rising cost of health insurance, topple rising crimes.’
    • ‘This week the network sent their top guns to the region to report on the storm's three-month anniversary.’
    • ‘It is the familiar tale of a weary professional challenged by a cocky upstart determined to prove himself as top gun.’
    • ‘Before the presidential candidates go head to head, two of their campaign top guns will give us a sense of what to expect tonight.’
    • ‘The important thing to remember is that while the men are out there brimming with testosterone, striving to be top guns, you can set off your beauty against some of the most glorious vistas nature has to offer.’
    • ‘A magnificent effort from her which shows she can certainly mix it with the top guns and a little bit more luck with the putter and she could pull out a big win.’
    • ‘And after savouring the taste of a showdown with the Premiership's top guns in the Worthington Cup, Cox is ready for more challenges in what he described as ‘the greatest cup in the world’.’
    • ‘However, she said that what foreign companies are interested in are the top guns who are familiar with both international and national financial practices.’