go (straight) to the top

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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 ?
LADY CHILTERN goes to the top of the staircase and looks down at them as they descend.
"How quickly he goes to the top will probably be determined in the next three or four weeks and where he ends up.
How much of any tax break goes to the top 1 percent is also a very hot political issue.
Apply that to headmaster Terry Butterworth, and he goes to the top of his class.
Again, the lion's share of this giveaway goes to the top 20 percent of Americans, who stand to gain $8,000 annually from this alone, while the rest of America gets to see only about a $37 annual raise from it, according to Citizens for Tax Justice.