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[hahy-uhp] /ˈhaɪˈʌp/
holding a high position or rank.
noun, plural high-ups.
a person holding a high position or rank; higher-up.
Origin of high-up
First recorded in 1865-70; noun, adj. use of high up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Many's the time I've heard him give the minister his answer, and the high-up people, too.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • No; the fine 273 work—the high-up stuff, is done by Breslau and Weishelm.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • But he had to return to the high-up little room; and that night he lay awake.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • What was that high-up thing the prayer-man was a-standin' on?

  • There are some high-up Belgian officers at the hotel to-night.

    Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • I have heard that river thieves sometimes make up to look like bankers and high-up politicians, Alex. whispered.

  • If they were felled, a horseman starting from the base to avoid the high-up branches would be overtaken and smashed.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • Edna stood at her high-up window fastening her frock and looking out at the scene before her.

    A Dear Little Girl Amy E. Blanchard
  • Here there was a little more light, for the high-up aperture over the door opened to the air.

British Dictionary definitions for high-up


(informal) a person who holds an important or influential position
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for high-up



An important person; big shot, higher-up •Most often plural: Rico got in touch with some of the high-ups (1868+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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