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brass hat

n. Slang
1. A high-ranking military officer.
2. A high-ranking civilian official.

[From the gold braid on the hat.]

brass hat

n
informal Brit a top-ranking official, esp a military officer
[C20: from the gold leaf decoration on the peaks of caps worn by officers of high rank]

brass′ hat′


n.
Informal.
a person in a high position.
[1890–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brass hat - a high-ranking military officer
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
military officer, officer - any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command; "an officer is responsible for the lives of his men"
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I hold no brief for military brass hats, or for Tory Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon (right), arguably the most unattractive politician around.
A few brass hats explained the plan of attack, the timing of the attacking waves, the control of the artillery barrage and the formation of each battalion wave.
After the meeting with the Joint Chiefs, Kennedy told his aide Dave Powers, "These brass hats have one great advantage in their favor.
In evidence to the Commons defence select committee, the brass hats at the MoD produced a dossier that claims Scotland would not automatically enjoy the protection of NATO.
They should ask whose brass hats were hanging where?
There is no doubt that billions could be saved by slashing the number of deskbound brass hats and halting massive out-of-date arms contracts.
According to Kamran Shafi, it is extremely critical that a general of an army whose brass hats consider Pakistan their inherited fiefdom, is tried, and hopefully convicted for rebellion against an elected government, and sentenced to a term in prison like any other person who has violated the law.
Obviously the Army brass hats insist on a softly, softly approach when dealing with looters etc in Iraq.
AT least Michael Howard, the Tory leader, is making the most of silly-season August by speaking out loud and clear on a range of issues while most other brass hats are swanning around on the beach.
What the neocons want Bush to learn is that it's up to him and his civilian aides, not the brass hats, to set the pace in the Middle East, particularly Iraq.
Political brass hats attending the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Queensland, Australia, naturally assumed they were receiving the sharpest, tightest security possible.
As a comparison, at the height of World War II when we had nearly 1,000,000 men and women in uniform, these legions of warriors were led by just 77 brass hats (a general to soldier ratio of 1:13,000).