the top dog

the top dog

The person with the most authority, power, or influence in a group or organization. When I was the top dog of the business, I used to charge the most outrageous things to the company credit card. You'll only get a truthful answer if you manage to talk to one of the top dogs.
See also: dog, top
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ˌtop ˈdog

(informal) a person, group or country that is better or more powerful than all the others: He’s top dog in television drama now.
See also: dog, top
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top dog

n. the person in charge or in power; a company officer. The reporter tried to get hold of one of the top dogs but couldn’t get past the secretary.
See also: dog, top
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

top banana/dog

The main leader of an organization or undertaking, the chief. Top banana comes from vaudeville, where the term denoted the starring comedian. Possibly it originally alluded to an individual who used bananas in his or her act. The 1954 film Top Banana, starring Phil Silvers, features a television comic and uses a great many vaudeville jokes. (A related term is second banana, for a supporting comedian, usually the straight man. However, it has not been as widely extended to other venues and cannot be considered a cliché.) Top dog came from sports in the late 1800s and alluded to the dog who wins in a dogfight (emerges on top); it was quickly extended to the winner or favorite in other competitions, and eventually simply to the principal leader.
See also: banana, dog, top
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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