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chain of command

The hierarchy of people with authority in a particular setting or situation. I know I can't complain to the CEO directly, but there must be someone in the chain of command that I can talk to!
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chain of command

Fig. the series or sequence of holders of responsibility in a hierarchy. The only way to get things done in the military is to follow the chain of command. Never try to go straight to the top.
See also: chain, command, of
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Did it agree with the position of the BOI that there is a chain of command (leading to the President), something which I strongly dispute?," she said.
"Even if the Senate agrees that theres a chain of command in the PNP," she said, "Im sticking to my position and I will not change that, because thats my reading of the Constitution, of the law, especially of jurisprudence."
But the fact is there is such a chain of command in the PNP and in all other organizations.
MANILA -- Those claiming that there is a chain of command which was violated by President Benigno Aquino III for the execution of Oplan Exodus where 67 Filipinos were killed are simply "confused," Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday.
"The operative principle in governance, whether in a civil or informal government, the military, police and also the uniformed forces, the coast guard, militia and even members of private security agencies, there is a chain of command that operates under the principle of command responsibility," Ramos explained.
Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) occupy the top position in a company hierarchy, the top spot in a chain of command. Vice presidents and upper managers report directly to the chief executive officer.
"That is a totally illogical contention that you can have a police force without a chain of command," he said.
Reminded that the Palace position was that it was only the military that has a chain of command structure, Marcos said that the police force has a hierarchy and that its officers have ranks.
Contrary to the claims that the PNP has no chain of command, Cerbo clarified that the PNP technically follows a chain of command, but calls it as "line structure."