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brass hat

A high-ranking official, as in All the brass bats were invited to the sales conference. The terms big brass, top brass, and the brass all refer to high officials considered as a group. For example, John's one of the top brass in town-he's superintendent of schools. The origin of this term is disputed. Most authorities believe it originated in the late 19th-century British army, when senior officers had gold leaves on their cap brims. Another theory is that it referred to the cocked hat worn by Napoleon and his officers, which they folded and carried under the arm when indoors. In French these were called chapeaux à bras ("hats in arms"), a term the British are supposed to have anglicized as brass. By World War I brass hat referred to a high-ranking officer in Britain and America, and in World War II it was joined by the other brass phrases. After the war these terms began to be used for the top executives in business and other organizations.
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brass hat

n. a member of the brass. A brass hat came up to me and asked me where I was going.
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He swept through in the final 100 yards to win by an ever-widening margin from the brave Brass Hat.
I couldn't seem to shake Brass Hat off but finally in the last 20 yards I realised we were going to get there.
I did not think I could win until I was 30 yards out as I could not shake off Brass Hat," said jockey Dettori after his triumph.
Brass Hat, the winner of the 2006 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park who survived two 13-month layoffs due to injuries, paid $10.
Coral bet: 11-10 Electrocutionist, 5-1 Kane Hekili, Brass Hat, 6-1 Super Frolic,10-1 Magna Graduate, 14-1 Choctaw Nation, 22-1 Wilko, 25-1 Star King Man,40-1 bar.
He finally managed to move ahead in the last 100 metres to beat Brass Hat by a length-and-a-half to do Godolphin proud.
1 in the National Thoroughbred RacingAssociation poll, ahead of Brass Hat, Brother Derek, Harlington and HighLimit.
Also notable is a sister to Jeremy Noseda's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches third Rahiyah (126) and a Sky Mesa half-sister to the popular Grade 1 winner Brass Hat (737).
Among them are High Limit, a photo-finish winner in the San Pasqual Handicap; Canteen, an unlucky second to Unbridled Energy in the San Fernando Stakes; Greeley's Galaxy, third in the San Fernando; Dixie Meister, second to Brass Hat in the New Orleans Handicap; and Wilko, the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner.
Curlin will break from the rail against nine rivals that include Grade 1 winners Brass Hat - second in Electrocutionist's World Cup only to be disqualified over a medication issue - and Einstein, plus Grade 3 winner Grasshopper.
A poll conducted by Car magazine on behalf of Brass Hat Films asked the public what type of car should be used in the new crime caper The Persuaders.
Today, Daaher bids to justify his own trip to the Gulf against a field also featuring Brass Hat, who won the Donn two years ago before chasing home Electrocutionist at Nad Al Sheba (though he was disqualified over a medication mix-up).
Ecstatic Dettori had the worst draw in the pounds 2 million Dubai World Cup and looked in trouble as the field turned into the straight and American raider Brass Hat and English-trained Wilko went for home.
Arrow, a 10-1 chance, came from between horses in the straight to outfinish Brass Hat by nearly a length under Ramon Dominguez, as favourite Istan could finish only fourth.
LANCE Corporal Angela Inglis is a 27- year-old clerk in the Adjutant General's office, the Army brass hat responsible for recruitment and promotion.