inner circle

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in′ner cir′cle

a small, intimate, and often influential group of people.
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Noun1.inner circle - an exclusive circle of people with a common purposeinner circle - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
band, circle, lot, set - an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
Bloomsbury Group - an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles
bohemia - a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style
brain trust, kitchen cabinet - an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government
loop - an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan); "he's no longer in the loop"
cabal, camarilla, faction, junto - a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
junta, military junta - a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
maffia, mafia - any tightly knit group of trusted associates
faction, sect - a dissenting clique
galere, rogue's gallery - a coterie of undesirable people
hard core - the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
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It is only since I have joined this Society that I have been made aware that in addition to the general members, of which body I believe that the Duchess and I are the sole representatives here, there are special members, and members of the inner circle.
The time may come when the inner circle may be opened to you.
Now the great bull that had replied to the distant call leaped from the inner circle to dance alone between the drummers and the other bulls.
Tarzan will talk with your king," and so saying he pushed straight forward through the shes and the young who now gave way before him, making a narrow lane through which he passed toward the inner circle.
Shes and balus growled and bristled as he passed closer, but none hindered him and thus he came to the inner circle of bulls.
The first three sped their shafts, and while they were fair shots they did not more than graze the inner circle.
In the center of the inner circle, on a spacious platform six feet high, I've grouped a battery of thirteen gatling guns, and pro- vided plenty of ammunition.
Clergymen, judges, statesmen,--the wisest, calmest, holiest persons of their day stood in the inner circle round about the gallows, loudest to applaud the work of blood, latest to confess themselves miserably deceived.
We all know a hundred whose coats are very well made, and a score who have excellent manners, and one or two happy beings who are what they call in the inner circles, and have shot into the very centre and bull's-eye of the fashion; but of gentlemen how many?
The Inner Circle by Virgin Mobile also offers Apple's new generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
The traffic points where other radial roads -- Janpath Road, Barakhamba Road, Minto Road and State Entry Road -- meet the inner circle will be completely barricaded.
Bill Deeley, president of the Inner Circle, said that after "consulting" with Phil, he makes the call in deciphering what he has to say about the weather.

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