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high flier

A person who has the potential for or who has achieved great success. Tim was such a high-flier in college that it's no surprise he's achieved such great success in his career.
See also: flier, high

a high-flier

  also a high-flyer
someone who is very successful at their job and soon becomes powerful or rich A high-flier in the eighties, he was earning over £200 000 a year.