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the chosen few

A select group of individuals who receive preferential treatment or an elevated status. The phrase sometimes implies the belief that the treatment or status is arbitrary or undeserved. It's like the only people who can become politicians are the chosen few who come from the same universities and have the same last names.
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The FIA maintained that the former director general gave contracts to the chosen few and used below standard construction material for the construction projects.
The Legend of The Originators, passed down throughout generations, foretells of a chosen few who have been preordained to save the lands from destruction, uniting humans and magical creatures once and for all.
If the Government has PS158m to spend on education now, it should be shared amongst the existing schools and not given to a chosen few.
The security situation can considerably improve in Pakistan if the state stops allocating thousands of policemen to protect the rich, powerful and a chosen few.
The Chosen Few: A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan, by Gregg Zoroya.
'Quoting from martial law years under Marcos, 'some are smarter than the others.' A chosen few from both Houses are getting billions worth of projects in areas of their choices and districts,' Lacson said in a text message.
The Chosen Few: A Company of Paratroopers and its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan tells the story of a company nicknamed "Chosen Few" whose mission was to promote the Afghan government's influence in a remote region of the country.
SO what is socialism other than another form of capitalism but where only a chosen few prosper from the efforts of the majority?
Skating is a lot like martial arts: the secrets of the sport get passed on to a chosen few. Skating is a marathon, not a sprint.
It is ideal for busy executives who want to skim through the wide variety of approaches taken by their chosen few. While the conclusions are very familiar to those who read business management books - such as surrounding yourself with positive people - the selection of entrepreneurs is good and that makes the book worth reading.
As the rich, powerful and famous go about their lives, they appear to buy into the notion that they are the chosen few.
First impressions go a long way and going by his display on the field he is not being affected by nerves and like the chosen few has lifted his game along with this added responsibility.
The global body is a toothless and clawless organization, which only acts on the whims and wishes of a chosen few. The very existence of the Security Council, an exclusive group of few nations, is highly questionable.
It was an evening of total professionalism to watch him and his team of musicians create feelings only a chosen few can create.
More than 100 students had the opportunity to engage in a 'call and response routine' and a chosen few had the opportunity to 'try out' on Jeff's bespoke kit - worth more than PS25,000.