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first among equals

UK
a member of a group who is officially on the same level as the other members but who in fact has slightly more responsibility or power: The prime minister is first among equals in the cabinet.
Translations of “first among equals”
in Chinese (Traditional) 第一人(同級別中地位最高者)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 一把手(同级别中地位最高者)…
(Definition of first among equals from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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