- a person in a position of higher authority in an organization; superior.
Origin of higher-up
1910–15, Americanism; noun use of adj. phrase higher up
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Examples from the Web for higher-up
Eleven other higher-up employees in Autism Speaks earned well into six figures that year.“Autism Speaks”- but Should Everyone Listen?
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But only a few of the Earth's higher-up would know that it was a smoke screen; the rest believe it, whether it is true or not.The Highest Treason
Doing it, he fears only higher-up spoilsmen who sacrifice criminal pawns.Criminal Types
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Calhoun retrieved Murgatroyd who had been visiting with the wives of the higher-up officials.Pariah Planet
During the banquet, Murgatroyd had been visiting with the wives of the higher-up officials.This World Is Taboo
- informal a person of higher rank or in a superior position
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