above the salt


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above the salt

Of or in a position of high standing, rank, regard, or repute. The term is derived from the social hierarchy of nobility in medieval times, in which salt, a precious commodity then, was set in the middle of the dining table. Those of high noble rank were seated "above the salt," that is, closer to the lord and lady of the house, while those in lower social standing were seated "below" it. Even though my boss is above the salt, he still makes a point of mingling with everyone in the company. Mike considers himself above the salt since getting that big promotion at the law firm last month.
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Much of the oil in the region, though, is trapped in reservoirs above the salt band.
In engaging such questions, "Whitworth" represented Lord's victory over crafts and secured his place above the salt at the larger stylistic table of his time.
Troubling and admittedly imperfect, The Mother's Recompense (1925), Twilight Sleep (1927), and The Children (1928) are novels with interesting critical receptions, and challenge some received notions about Wharton derived from her better-known work; with equal claim to sit above the salt with Ethan Frome and Summer are the four brilliant novellas of Old New York (1924).
He doesn't need a tactical change but a strategic one, and it will involve educating his owners and impressing upon them that if they are to retain their habitual places above the salt then they are going to have to play a longer game, with all the perils, pitfalls and disappointments that can involve.
Using the existing geology and seismic data compiled in the last few years, we have obtained three recent independent reports that confirm our belief that there are numerous potential producing horizons above the salt, possibly one in the salt and a massive structure under the salt that is prospective for natural gas and gas condensate," Taylor said.
Salt Lake City - Over the next five years, INCOMM CORPORATION plans to add 101 new jobs at its existing Utah operation at wages that are more than 125 percent above the Salt Lake County average.
The host and important guests were seated above the salt, while the servants and lower orders were relegated below it.