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inner circle

noun
1.
a small, intimate, and often influential group of people.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • At smaller events you may be privileged to shoot from nearly anywhere, including the coveted inner circle.
  • In earlier times, the party's inner circle would have tapped one of them, and the convention would rally around him.
  • He felt that she was one of the few people in the inner circle who didn't have her own agenda.
  • It was an expression that would be repeated often within his inner circle.
  • Some think that the regime's ageing inner circle might prefer to back a more seasoned figure from their own ranks.
  • The individuals in the inner circle have the freedom to speak, but those in the outer circle must remain silent.
  • He was a skilled lawyer, a renowned orator, and a member of the president's inner circle.
  • The figure consists of three outside circles and a subdivided inner circle.
  • Next he placed a silver dollar in the circle and drew an inner circle.
  • With today's charges, the workings of that inner circle have now come into sharper focus, and the picture is a disturbing one.

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