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
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Contemporary Examples of high-up

  • O'Donnell's first instinct when confronted with accusations of shady finances has been to allege a high-up conspiracy.

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    What the Feds Should Ask O'Donnell

    Benjamin Sarlin

    December 30, 2010

Historical Examples of high-up

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for high-up



informal a person who holds an important or influential position
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