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chain of command

noun
1.
a series of administrative or military ranks, positions, etc., in which each has direct authority over the one immediately below.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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  • In instances where this is not the case, you have to be more persistent or go up the chain of command.
  • Try to defuse the situation as best you can, without bothering those further up on the chain of command.
  • When they do, you should talk with your immediate supervisor, being careful to follow the chain of command.
  • Making anonymous accusatory phone calls or spreading hearsay up a chain of command is not an honorable thing to do.
  • They will be obeying sane orders that have come sanely down the chain of command.
  • That's why in the military, for example, leadership is pushed as far down the chain of command as possible.
  • Frank is so eager to prove himself that he initially ignores the chain of command and steps on a few toes.
  • But not so in the upper reaches of the nuclear chain of command.
  • Who else higher in the chain of command might have ordered this remains unknown.
  • The manual includes topics such as chain of command, use of weapons, and arrest procedure.

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