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noun Informal.
  1. a person in a position of higher authority in an organization; superior.
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Origin of higher-up

1910–15, Americanism; noun use of adj. phrase higher up
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Related Words for higher-up

director, head, supervisor, heavyweight, exec, ruler, VIP, executive, brass, manager, boss, better, elder, chief, senior, chieftain, leader, principal, CEO

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Historical Examples of higher-up

  • 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


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