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friends in high places pl (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) Friends who have authority or influence and who can ensure that one's interests will be protected or furthered.
    • 1913, E. Phillips Oppenheim, chapter 10, in The Mischief Maker:
      "Herr Freudenberg himself has great friends here, friends in high places. He will see that nothing happens."
    • 1987 Nov. 30, "War Crimes: Long Road To Justice," Time (retrieved 18 May 2015):
      In recent years he was protected by friends in high places.
    • 2006 April 1, Phillip Alder, "On a Day Made for Tricks, Lots of Ways to Get Them All," New York Times (retrieved 18 May 2015):
      In Petrograd they were in great danger but had many friends in high places, and with money for bribes they avoided arrest.

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