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top dog

n. Slang
One considered to have the dominant position or highest authority, especially as a result of a competitive victory.

top′-dog′ adj.

top dog

n
informal the leader or chief of a group

top′ dog′


n.
1. one that has acquired a position of highest authority.
2. the winner of a competition or rivalry.
3. Animal Behav. the alpha male or alpha female in a dominance hierarchy.
[1885–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.top dog - a person who is in chargetop dog - a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
administrator, executive - someone who manages a government agency or department
administrator, decision maker - someone who administers a business
capo - the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate
department head - the head of a department
don, father - the head of an organized crime family
superior general, general - the head of a religious order or congregation
general manager - the highest ranking manager
grand dragon - a high ranking person in the Ku Klux Klan
head of household - the head of a household or family or tribe
secretary - a person who is head of an administrative department of government
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