top flight

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top′ flight′

the highest or most outstanding level, as in achievement or development.
top′flight′, top′-flight′, adj.
top′flight`er, top′-flight`er, n.
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The move confirmed fears that British Airways would miss out on an early return to the top flight.
The side who ends the campaign bottom of the English top flight next season will earn at least PS100m once the new bumper TV deal kicks in - roughly the same amount Arsenal were awarded for finishing runners-up this term.
JOHN HUGHES hailed Dundee's return to the top flight then vowed to hand them a first defeat.
Only Super League clubs can determine the number of teams in the top flight and, if there is no resolution on Friday, Super League will remain at 14 for 2014 and there will be two clubs promoted and relegated at the end of the season.
Aston Villa lost their top flight status at the end of season 1935-36 after a run of 44 consecutive seasons in the top flight of English football, 17.
NORTON take on Billingham Town in a first ever top flight league derby clash with their neighbours at Station Road tonight (KO 7.
Lautern, who occupy the fourth and final demotion spot, host Rhineland rivals FC Cologne, who secured their return to the top flight last week.
On an emotional day in south London, just nine months after the club was saved from the brink of extinction by a Derek Dougan-fronted consortium, Wolves returned to the top flight.
The teams finished the} National Division cam-paign in the relegation 1 zone, but, because the top flight is set to have two extra clubs next term, both were given the chance of a reprieve.
But figures for the year to July 31 show the Sunderland board has put every penny of the income it will receive from top flight football into team building.
Moore, one of Albion's plus points as they have struggled to adapt to life in the top flight, said: ``When I was growing up it was McGrath I looked up to.