go to the top

go (straight) to the top

To insist upon speaking only to the most important person in a situation or setting. A: "Nancy, this guy is insisting that he knows the CEO and won't talk to anyone else—what should I do?" B: "Ugh, I hate these guys who just want to go straight to the top."
See also: go, top

go (straight) to the top

Fig. to attempt to confer with the person at the top of the chain of command, bypassing the intermediate people. When I want something, I always go straight to the top. I don't have time for a lot of bureaucracy.
See also: go, top
References in classic literature ?
Always he was planning on reaching the mainland, and never a day passed that he did not go to the top of the hill and look out across the sea toward the dark, distant line that meant for him comparative freedom and possibly reunion with his comrades.
Barnsley's head coach Lee Johnson said: "Mason is an outstanding talent and I believe he will go to the top.
Arsenal humbled last year's finalists Capital Police 4-2 to earn their third win to collect ten points and go to the top of the group.
Summary: Dimitar Berbatov has admitted the introduction of Ryan Giggs was crucial in helping Manchester United go to the top of the Premier League.
New Marske can go to the top of the Wearside League if they can win at Hartlepool (KO 6.30pm).
Arsenal manager Wenger saw his team come from behind, kick-started by an Emmanuel Eboue (left) goal, to go to the top of the Premier League, but his joy was marred when Clichy was carried off after a tackle by Kevin Davies.
Wirral council's new Biffa waste contract and the implementation of grey and green wheelie bins have seen it go to the top of the Merseyside recycling league.
KIRSTEN DUNST is ready to go to the top of the class at art school, even if it means the end of her Hollywood career.
TENNIS: Legend Bjorn Borg is tipping British star Andy Murray to become the next world number one after claiming: "He has got everything in his game to go to the top." Borg, who won five successive Wimbledon singles titles, received the life-time achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of The Year awards in Birmingham on Sunday.
Sea angling will be centred on St Brides on Sunday where prizes of pounds 300, pounds 100 and pounds 50 will go to the top three anglers in the Rhondda Valley SAC Annual Open.
LANCASHIRE'S Michael Hunt won the Pines Trophy at Hillside to go to the top of the Mitsushiba Northern Order of Merit.
The French translation has been at the top of Amazon France's bestseller list since June, and the English version of the book released six months ago was the first English-language book to go to the top of the French bestseller lists.
Spiegel reporter Bernhard Zand offers this verse from the song "The Doll" as representative of the group's veiled meanings: "I guess it's time to change the actor / I guess it's time to close this chapter / I guess it's time to go to the top / I guess it's time to say stop." For the record, the group's members wisely deny that their material is political.
Ex-Kula Shaker singer Crispian Mills, aided by Dan McKinna on bass and Andy Nixon on drums, have the songs to go to the top.
Some award categories--the arts, education and government--are the same as for WebbieWorld.com, but Webbys also go to the top sites in unique categories such as activism, spirituality and technical achievements.