friends in high places


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friends in high places

Powerful friends who typically help one to get or do what one wants. She must have friends in high places because she is definitely unqualified for that job. I'm not too worried about this charge against me—I have friends in high places.
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high places, friends in

see under friend in court
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friends in high places

people in senior positions who are able and willing to use their influence on your behalf.
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friends in high places

Individuals who can help someone by virtue of their power or authority. This expression began life as a friend (friends) at court. One of its earliest appearances was in a translation of the medieval Roman de la Rose by, possibly, Chaucer: “For freend in court ay better is than peny in purs, certis” (ca. 1365). It made its way into several proverb collections. After the decline of monarchies, beginning about 1800, the same idea began to be expressed slightly differently: “You must remember that I was once a minister. . . . I still have good friends in high places” (Wilbur Smith, A Time to Die, 1989).
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