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inner circle

noun
1.
a small, intimate, and often influential group of people.
Origin of inner circle
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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  • inner circle (Jack); Three chasses in reverse line of direction.

    Dramatized Rhythm Plays John N. Richards
  • For her inner circle Peggy Paton was a most motherly old maid.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • These were the envied few, the inner circle, the leaders of the class.

  • The inner circle is for children, the next for women, and the outer for men.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • Within this inner circle were then placed the three captive werwolves.

    Werwolves Elliott O'Donnell

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