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[hahy-er-uhp] /ˈhaɪ ərˈʌp/
noun, Informal.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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 Randall Garrett
  • Doing it, he fears only higher-up spoilsmen who sacrifice criminal pawns.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • Calhoun retrieved Murgatroyd who had been visiting with the wives of the higher-up officials.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • During the banquet, Murgatroyd had been visiting with the wives of the higher-up officials.

    This World Is Taboo Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for higher-up


(informal) a person of higher rank or in a superior position
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for higher-up



One of the persons in charge; a member of the upper echelon; big shot •Mostoftenintheplural: A conference with the Higher-ups and Tammany Hall/ She always fought with the movie higher-ups (1916+)

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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