high table

noun British.
the table in the dining hall of a college, reserved for senior members of the college and distinguished guests.

1300–50; Middle English

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high table
(sometimes capitals) the table, sometimes elevated, in the dining hall of a school, college, etc, at which the principal teachers, fellows, etc, sit

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Example sentences
The longer my president remains in charge, the quicker the return of my country
  to its position at the moral high table.
But if it doesn't fail, then it should be allowed to the high table of
  scientific study and debate.
He walked quickly across the stage to a waist-high table on which rested a
  mahogany box.
There is the usual long bar complete with stools plus a necklace of high table
  seating surrounding it.
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