from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal One who has a rank, position, or status superior to others.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Somebody with greater authority, seniority, rank, status or position; one who outranks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A superior officer or official; a person having greater rank or station or quality than others; -- used chiefly in pl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in or to a place that is higher
- n. one of greater rank or station or quality
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Canadian Dick Pound, a longtime IOC higher-up, poses that possibility in an MSNBC video.
So you must attract the attention of an influential higher-up.
In their last of a series of meetings he said he had to have just one more conversation with a higher-up before the job would be Jane's.
John, was/is the son of General Telford Taylor, the chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials and then a major higher-up muckety-muck at Columbia University Law School.
On June 1, Jennifer Greer, a higher-up at the corps' Washington headquarters, set up a meeting between congressional leaders -- including Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. -- and Maj.
It appears that having a higher-up believe in you increases your confidence and organizational wisdom.
Don't hold back from enthusiastically talking to a higher-up I the organization or in another department you are interested in during a casual situation -- an elevator, hallway, lunch -- without complaining.
These officials say they are taking a well-tested approach in their investigations: press low-level employees to implicate higher-up executives.
A recent New York Times op-ed piece made this point well when they compared teachers to soldiers, explaining that when military endeavors fail "we don't say 'it's these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefit plans!'" but rather we look to bigger-picture infrastructure and higher-up leadership for the reasons for failure.
"This may signal that there will likely be no departures of higher-up officers," Mr. Conlan wrote in a note to clients.