friends in high places (used
as a noun)
Did you hear that Ben got the promotion?
No way! I thought for sure you’d get it!
Well, I don’t have as many friends in
What do you mean?
Well, he has a few friends in upper management. Something tells me that helped
him more than his qualifications…
Meaning: The expression “friends in high places” means to know
people in important positions who can help and support you. In the example above, Sandra claims that Ben has
friends in upper management positions, and that these friends in high places are what helped him get the promotion.
Want to go to a big movie premiere tonight?
Sure, but how are we going to get in?
Let’s just say that I’ve got a few friends
in high places.
That’s not your concern.
But seriously, who?
OK, fine. I used to babysit the producer of the film. His mom and my mom are
friends, so when I heard he was making this movie, my mom called his mom, and
she made him give me two tickets. Anyway, do you want to go with me?
Sure! Do you have any embarrassing stories you can share about him?
Meaning: In the second example, Ally doesn’t actually have a friend
in a traditional position of power; rather, her mother knows the film’s
producer’s mother. Often, the expression “friends in high places” is used like this, in order to suggest
a person knows someone important but wants to keep the identity of that person
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