Definition of high places in US English:

high places

plural noun

  • Positions of power or authority.

    ‘people in high places were taking note’
    • ‘People in high places earning big pay packets thought they knew what we needed on our estate.’
    • ‘Nearly everybody in high places lied about what was going on.’
    • ‘The New Zealand Herald's lead article today should send alarm bells ringing in many high places.’
    • ‘He made enemies in high places more easily than friends.’
    • ‘Interestingly, charges of corruption in high places never seem to hold water and are dismissed by the courts.’
    • ‘We'd found a perfect way to upset those in very high places.’
    • ‘It also doesn't hurt to have very good friends in very high places.’
    • ‘Kaufman developed a thick skin and an aggressive approach that earned him plenty of enemies in high places.’
    • ‘So, it is necessary that those in high places should constantly remind themselves of what is expected of them and act responsibly.’
    • ‘Seems the magazine has people in high places worried.’
    • ‘He pledged political reform and an end to corruption in high places.’
    • ‘You may rest assured that the battle is not yet over and we fully expect the market will be open for business again on Monday if those in high places live up to their promises.’
    • ‘Yet it might have been precisely his connections in high places that caused his downfall.’
    • ‘His enemies in high places could only gnash their teeth in fury and wait for him to make a mistake or go away and leave them alone.’
    • ‘If this had happened in Australia, the security guards and a few people in high places would have been sacked.’
    • ‘His standing within the party leadership is strong, and he has many supporters in high places.’
    • ‘Wilde survived his first trial with a hung jury, but, amid much murmuring amongst those in high places was convicted in his second trial.’
    • ‘People in high places appeared to be covering their backs in case something did happen.’
    • ‘And, as elsewhere in the region, money can buy cooperation in high places.’
    • ‘Those in high places seem not to realise that there is an aeon of difference between entrepreneurial activity and actually getting things done.’
    sheer drops, steep inclines, high ground, steep ground
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