Meaning of “the top flight” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “the top flight” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"top-flight" in American English

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top-flightadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈtɑpˈflɑɪt/

of the best quality or at the highest level:

He wasn't considered a top-flight manager.

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"top flight" in Business English

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top flightadjective [ usually before noun ]

also top-flight uk us

of the very best quality:

They are buying shares in top-flight businesses.

the top flightnoun [ S ]

uk us

the group that contains the most successful organizations, teams, etc.:

The company is struggling to remain in the top flight

(Definition of “top flight” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)