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People who are especially important, influential, and authoritative, often in comparison to oneself. I don't have the authority to make a decision like that—you'll have to talk to one of the high-ups. Did you hear that the high-ups want us to wear uniforms now?
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high upsand higher ups
n. the people in charge. One of the higher ups is coming down to talk to you.
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