One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
From remote high authority or heaven.‘central government programmes coming down from on high’
- ‘One of the best things about this movement is that no one is handing down a manifesto from on high.’
- ‘The decision has come from on high and there's not a lot we can do, really.’
- ‘All languages are human creations, not sent down from on high, and the words we invent change their meanings over hundreds of years.’
- ‘The overtly political lyrics have since been toned down, following a proclamation from on high that Eurovision songs should not be political in content.’
- ‘In the past decade, however, strategy and policy have increasingly been handed down from on high, with governors being required to implement such policy with no regard for their concerns over the dangers such implementation may pose.’
- ‘The inclusion of developing countries in a meeting of advanced industrialised countries reflects an awareness that elitist decisions cannot be imposed from on high without the cooperation of those whose interests they will affect.’
- ‘Nick's work with the homeless and the long-term unemployed, has won him recognition from on high, and I'm not just talking about the heavens.’
- ‘Grassroots supporters in this region sent a clear signal at the weekend to the party ‘top brass’ that they do not like dictation from on high.’
- ‘Decisions are often made from on high and the person running the pub has very little say in how they can run the operation.’
- ‘It's odd to present results as if delivered on stone tablets from on high when there are such glaring discrepancies between polls.’
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