- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹɑːstɒps/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹæstɑps/
- Hyphenation: grass‧tops
- (idiomatic) Of, related to, or involving local influential figures.
1998, Dan Clawson; Alan Neustadtl; Mark Weller, Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy, Philadelphia, Pa.: Temple University Press, ISBN 978-1-56639-625-7, page 12:
- Along with the ads, industry worked to mobilize local politicians and business executives in what business groups called a "grass tops" campaign.
2007 November 12, Carla Marinucci, “Obama’s team oozes optimism”, in San Francisco Chronicle, archived from the original on 4 August 2016:
2015, James E. Anderson, “The Policy-makers and Their Environment”, in Public Policymaking: An Introduction, 8th edition, Stamford, Ct.: Cengage Learning, ISBN 978-1-285-73528-3, page 64:
- In recent years, groups have made considerable use of "outside lobbying" techniques, which try to persuade ordinary citizens to serve as their frontline advocates. Prominent here are "grass-roots" and "grass-tops" lobbying. […] Grass-tops lobbying strives to favorably energize an elite rather than the masses.
- (idiomatic, plural only) People in a position of power or influence at a local level.
2012 December 3, Sophie Yan, “New group seeks to incite political action”, in The Brown Daily Herald, archived from the original on 11 December 2013:
- "We are grassroots, not grass-tops," Kaplan said, meaning Common Sense Action seeks the opinions of all members regardless of leadership status within the group.
- plural of .