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inner circle

a small, intimate, and often influential group of people.
Origin of inner circle
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was inadvisable to go outside the inner circle where there was no material necessity for so doing.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • inner circle (Jack); Three chasses in reverse line of direction.

    Dramatized Rhythm Plays John N. Richards
  • The devil would rather gain one belonging to the inner circle than a thousand who stand confessed as the friends of the world.

  • These were the envied few, the inner circle, the leaders of the class.

  • I wasnt used to kindness when I went there; so I never noticed at they kept me out o the inner circle o their hearts at first.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason

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