[ hahy-er-uhp ]
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  1. 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

Words Nearby higher-up

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How to use higher-up in a sentence

  • From higher up, at the level of the hidden bed, came the regular plaintive respiration of Sarah Gailey.

    Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
  • The northern lights crept higher up the sky with a stronger glow.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • On the land people drew the boats higher up the banks; every living thing sought shelter, and the rain poured down in torrents.

    Rudy and Babette | Hans Christian Andersen
  • Naturally, such proceedings would not have been reported, from fear of the necessity of sharing with those "higher up."

  • Fifty minutes there for photos; then hurried on in the hope of seeing more higher up and at a greater distance.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury

British Dictionary definitions for higher-up


  1. informal a person of higher rank or in a superior position

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