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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The host and important guests were seated above the salt, while the servants and lower orders were relegated below it.
Replace one (1) 250 watt HPS light fixture above the salt dome overhead doorwith one (1) 105 watt LED light fixture.Make and Model: LITHONIA, TWH LED 30C 50KArea 11.
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).
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.
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.
The effect on customers when he explained that a high-volume, no-frills approach kept Costco's profit margins under 10 percent--a quarter those of retailers--was as if the heavens had opened up above the Salt Lake warehouse.
The company well 1-BRSA-669-BAS (1-BAS-147), located to the south of the Jequitinhonha Basin, has discovered hydrocarbons in sandy reservoirs located above the salt layer.
Figure 4(c) shows the vertical temperature distribution above the salt at 650[degrees]C, where the cathode was located during the salt draining.
Treasury estimates that approximately 5 percent of taxpayers will itemize and have state and local income tax deductions above the SALT cap.
Specific symptoms that occur due to salt injury include damage on the side of the plant that faces the street, plants downwind have more damage than those upwind, damage is worse near the street and decreases with more distance, and plant parts above the salt spray show little or no damage.
If the stratigraphy in this upper kilometer is homogenous and permeable, advection will drive the thermal anomaly above the salt structure.