Definition of higher-up in US English:

higher-up

noun

informal
  • A senior person in an organization.

    ‘he was looking for a way to impress the higher-ups’
    • ‘But no higher-ups beyond the brigade are likely to face criminal prosecution in this case now.’
    • ‘In the end, the Board opted for additional safeguards when an auditor joins a client, including a review of the next-year's audit by a higher-up in the accounting firm.’
    • ‘She believes that higher-ups are attempting to make her the public face of failed leadership.’
    • ‘But a manager checked with higher-ups and said that wasn't necessary.’
    • ‘Now it seems clear that higher-ups at the FBI suspected or knew he was a double agent as early as 1991.’
    • ‘Jones, for example, seems to feel as if he is overlooked by higher-ups within the organization.’
    • ‘Most disturbing of all are his allegations that he repeatedly tried to get higher-ups to follow through and investigate.’
    • ‘He agreed that if he could be convinced I wasn't a spy, he'd convince the higher-ups and arrange my release.’
    • ‘He told me the case had again exposed fault-lines of principle between members of the military judicial service and higher-ups in the Pentagon and the White House.’
    • ‘She was looking for information, and she was chastised for doing that without getting permission from higher-ups.’
    • ‘In the age in which product placement counts as much as sporting prowess, their decision has angered higher-ups.’
    • ‘If anything, the problem was that we had too little guidance from higher-ups in the organization.’
    • ‘Do you think those higher-ups should be held accountable and should Law step down?’
    • ‘Line-of-business managers may overlook risks or fail to alert higher-ups when they do see them.’
    • ‘The paper's higher-ups say no, as you'd expect.’
    • ‘Mostly, though, the committee has improved the way higher-ups communicate with employees.’
    • ‘Workplace speculation, often fueled by gaps in information provided by higher-ups, has caused no shortage of trouble in businesses around the world.’
    • ‘There's so many problems to juggle in the first year or two of a TV show, especially when there's a lot of higher-ups to please.’
    • ‘At my old job, there were some higher-ups who I don't think even bothered to learn my name until I'd been there a couple of months.’
    • ‘The municipal corporation has become a gold mine for its corrupt officials, with higher-ups shielding them for obvious reasons.’
    superior, senior, supervisor, controller, overseer, administrator, manager, boss, chief, superintendent
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Pronunciation

higher-up

/ˈˌhaɪər ˈˌəp//ˈˌhīər ˈˌəp/