top dog

Meaning(s)

1. someone or something in a position of power and authority

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he/she is top dog at the company

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The 'top dog' is a person or organization with more power, authority, or influence than its rivals. Usually, the position of 'top dog' is established after intense competition or success, which is why the expression is much more common in a professional context where competitive hierarchies exist. Similar expressions include 'head honcho,' 'the big cheese,' and 'kingpin.' Its antonym is 'underdog.' Although this expression is more common in professional contexts it is an informal expression.

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  1. There's no point pitching your idea to a random member of staff. You need to talk to one of the top dogs at the company.
  2. It's taken years, but we're now firmly established as the top dog in the retail industry.
  3. Patrick is extremely ambitious. He's made no secret of the fact that he wants to be top dog here someday.

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  1. Andrea is the top dog in our school, everyone does what he says.
  2. If you need help with designing your garden I suggest you ask Danny. He is the top dog when it comes to things like that.

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