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echelon

noun [C] uk   /ˈeʃ.ə.lɒn/ us    /-lɑːn/
a particular level or group of people within an organization such as an army or company: These salary increases will affect only the highest echelons of local government. the upper echelons of society specialized military a special arrangement of soldiers, aircraft, or ships
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