top banana
noun Etymology: from a burlesque routine involving three comedians in which the one that gets the punch line also gets a banana Date: 1952 the leading comedian in a burlesque show; broadly kingpin 2

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  • top banana — noun 1. the leading comedian in a burlesque show • Hypernyms: ↑comedian, ↑comic 2. the most important person in a group or undertaking • Syn: ↑kingpin, ↑bigwig • Hypernyms: ↑important per …   Useful english dictionary

  • top banana — 1. n. the lead comedian in a burlesque or vaudeville act. □ The top banana didn’t show up for the gig. □ Let e be top banana tonight. 2. n. the boss; the leader or head of something. (See also big cheese; big enchilada.) □ You’ll have to ask the… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • top banana — noun a) The boss, the leader. Only the top banana can make a decision of that magnitude. b) The principal comedian in a vaudeville or burlesque show …   Wiktionary

  • top banana — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms top banana : singular top banana plural top bananas informal the most important person in a group …   English dictionary

  • top banana — or[top dog] {n.}, {slang}, {informal} The head of any business or organization; the most influential or most prestigious person in an establishment. * /Who s the top banana in this outfit?/ See: MAIN SQUEEZE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • top banana — or[top dog] {n.}, {slang}, {informal} The head of any business or organization; the most influential or most prestigious person in an establishment. * /Who s the top banana in this outfit?/ See: MAIN SQUEEZE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • top banana — Slang. 1. a leading comedian in musical comedy, burlesque, vaudeville, etc.: For many years he was top banana on the circuit. 2. the chief person in a group or undertaking. [1950 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • top banana — top ba nana noun count INFORMAL the most important person in a group …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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