on high



From Middle English on hiȝe, on heij, on heȝe, from Old English on hēagum (on high), equivalent to on +‎ high. Compare West Frisian omheech (upwards), Dutch omhoog (upwards, on high).


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Prepositional phraseEdit

on high

  1. (literally) Up in, or to, the sky; above.
    Synonym: aloft
    • 1802, Robert Southey, The Inchcape Rock[1]:
      So thick a haze o’erspreads the sky,    
      They cannot see the sun on high:
      The wind hath blown a gale all day;
      At evening it hath died away.
    • (Can we date this quote by Elizabeth Fleming and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), The Ploughman:
      His back would be so glossy, / His sides so smooth and brown, / I'd have to hold his collar / To keep from slipping down! / And jogging on the roadway, / The people passing by / Would turn to smile at Bonny / With me set up on high.
  2. (literary) In Heaven.
  3. (humorous) In authority, power, or influence.
    According to those on high there is no global warming.


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