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echelon -- as in: upper echelons of the company
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  • The team has broken into the top echelon of the NBA.
  • The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
    Colin Powell
  • a low-echelon State Department officer
  • Salaries of middle-echelon executives rose an average of 2%.

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  • All memos were signed Captain-this or Lieutenant-that if they originated from the lower echelons; or Colonel-this and Brigadier-that if they came down from on high.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Skimberry was the maintenance man of the Bluffton district and because of a decree emanating from the high echelons of the educational hierarchy, Zeke was designated as the official guardian of my boat.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • For surely my report must have registered in the memory of someone of the senior echelon, and just as surely this old-timer must have returned to the files, and with God knows what cruel mixed sensations of dismay and loss, reread my cool dismissal with its cocksure, priggish and disastrous cadences.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • If they attack our center we, having the center battery on this high ground, shall withdraw the left flank under its cover, and retreat to the dip by echelons.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • You could let your hair grow, he said, and you didn’t have to polish your boots or snap off salutes or put up with the usual rear-echelon nonsense.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • If that floor panel is ever broken, the faceless messenger had told her, it means the upper echelon has been breached.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • He was an upper echelon Mason and certainly had ties to the Illuminati.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Up in the twelve-acre there were six men mowing in echelon.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • She wasn’t delivering her children to the higher echelons of Munich, but a foster home had apparently been found, and if nothing else, the new family could at least feed the girl and the boy a little better, and educate them properly.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Censoring the envelopes had serious repercussions, produced a ripple of anxiety on some ethereal military echelon that floated a C.I.D. man back into the ward posing as a patient.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He said that the group he represents hopes to sell memberships to high echelon executives in American and foreign companies.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I want you to attack en echelon, to take Cemetery Hill in reverse.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Just then they heard them, the higher, whining drone, and as they passed at about five thousand feet, Robert Jordan counted fifteen Fiats in echelon of echelons like a wild-goose flight of the V-shaped threes.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • But they’re low echelon and you know Washington.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • There’s always been conspiratorial conjecture that a select few within this highest echelon of Masonry are made privy to some great mystical secret.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He saw philosophy as the highest echelon of the entire hierarchy of knowledge.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • On the first day of each month a new code name was chosen for his data, a name made known only to the highest echelon of CIA officers and analysts.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Riders competing in ordinary weekday events needed to whittle themselves down another 5 pounds or so, while those in the lowest echelons of the sport couldn’t weigh much more than 100.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • I don’t really know what I expected when I started this research, but somehow we—at least I—had the idea that the ’mafia’ was a gang in the upper echelon of society.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • As she lay in the summer light, tempered by the shades and the catalpa of the front yard, flat on her back with compresses, towels, rags, she had a considerable altitude of trunk, the soles of her feet shining from the sheets like graphite rubbings, feet of war disasters in the ruined villages of Napoleon’s Spanish campaign; flies riding in echelon on the long string of the light switch.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Substitute mount obtained from rear echelon encountered on western flank at 0725.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • That hurdle cleared, my case had to be reviewed by a board and then go through further administrative review by the upper echelon.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The other participants at the meeting were two individuals from the top echelon of the Firm, the assistant head of Secretariat and the head of Budget.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Wagons had moved onto the floor and taken up tight echelon position close to the gate, ready to move, with the tail of the train somewhere out of sight below.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • In Personnel they were testing, checking, and screening the usual mass of job applicants… clerks, craftsmen, specialists, middle bracket executives, top echelon experts.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • We needed to increase Party at least into "K’s"—say 40,000—with lowest echelons picked for fighting spirit rather than talents we had sought earlier.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • He read broadly in philosophy, science, art, and religion and was known throughout Chicago’s upper echelon for his ability to converse on almost any subject and to do so with great wit.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • He rolls the window down and a top-echelon Mafia guardsman nails him with the retinal scanner.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Line-astern, Echelon, Arrow-head, Over-cloud: These learn Eternity.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He distinguished himself at Austerlitz in that admirable march in echelons effected under the enemy’s fire.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But every so often, there is something that absolutely can’t be delayed or screwed up, A local manager like Jason can’t order up a priority job; it has to come from a higher echelon.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Three weeks ago, in a dark ritual witnessed by America’s most influential men, Mal’akh had ascended to the thirty-third degree, the highest echelon of the world’s oldest surviving brotherhood.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Just then they heard them, the higher, whining drone, and as they passed at about five thousand feet, Robert Jordan counted fifteen Fiats in echelon of echelons like a wild-goose flight of the V-shaped threes.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • In order to learn Coca-Cola’s deepest secret, you would need to join the company, work for many years, prove you were trustworthy, and eventually rise to the upper echelons of the company, where that information might be shared with you.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Priory members wait decades proving themselves trustworthy before being elevated to the highest echelons of the fraternity and learning where the Grail is.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Well, we will step off in echelon, from right to left.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • And even if your grandfather were in the upper echelon, he would never be allowed to reveal anything to anyone outside the brotherhood.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Think of the secrecy of the Masons-only the upper-echelon members knew the whole truth.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Like all of his Masonic brothers, he had worn the ritual "hoodwink" during his ascent to the upper echelons of Masonry.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Lee’s attack was en echelon.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Lee’s echelon plan would never work.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • But it was the point of an echelon attack.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • He does not realize the attack is en echelon for a while; he thinks perhaps it is a diversion, and he will be hit on another flank.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Even now, if Lee attacked en echelon, some of the brigades could not attack before dark, unless everything went very smoothly, and it would not go smoothly, not today.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • By asking the right questions and choosing the right tests and drawing the right conclusions the mechanic works his way down the echelons of the motorcycle hierarchy until he has found the exact specific cause or causes of the engine failure, and then he changes them so that they no longer cause the failure.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • No one topped Chicago in terms of business drive and acumen, but within the city’s upper echelons there was a veiled anxiety that the city in its commercial advance may indeed have failed to cultivate the finer traits of man and woman.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
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