high command


: the supreme headquarters of a military force
: the highest leaders in an organization

Examples of high command in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past, the courts have justified direct military takeovers and helped topple the governments of political leaders who had fallen foul of the military high command. Hasan Ali, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Apr. 2024 The mutinous uprising last year of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner mercenary group who was demanding the dismissal of the Russian high command, was a shocking, unprecedented challenge to Kremlin authority. Matthew Chance, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 With the military high command pressing the president to act in Cienfuegos’ defense, Mexican officials made clear that counter-drug cooperation was at risk. Tim Golden, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2024 Mundane procedural problems were the Achilles heel of the 2011 transition, and now the body that made all those mistakes, the Egyptian military high command, has delivered a new road map. Nathan J. Brown, Foreign Affairs, 3 July 2013 Will anyone be pleased with the election result? Ironically, while the PTI’s strong showing represents an anti-establishment vote – and, more specifically, an anti-army vote – the divided national mandate means the army high command has reason to be satisfied with the outcome. Ayesha Jalal, The Conversation, 11 Feb. 2024 Decades of Supreme Court petitions and rulings have challenged the military’s high command to balance operational needs with the principles of equal rights and equal opportunity. Isabel Kershner Avishag Shaar-Yashuv, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 In Egypt, the military high command is supervising both the transitional government and the reform process. Robert H. Pelletreau, Foreign Affairs, 24 Feb. 2011 Six months into the job, Simon was nowhere near finishing the task and had nothing to show the high command. Dan Senor, Fortune, 5 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of high command was in 1917

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“High command.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20command. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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