chain of command

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - chain of command

"chain of command"

a series of positions of authority or responsibility in an organizational hierarchy


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - chain of command

Two university students are talking ...

Student 1:  I'm really upset about this grade that I got on my paper.

Student 2:  What are you going to do?

Student 1:  I know the professor won't do anything to help so I think I will go over his head and talk to the chancellor.

Student 2:  Well, not following the chain of command usually leads to nothing but problems.  Maybe start with your student advisor and go from there.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - chain of command

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard there's going to be a major restructuring of the company.

Colleague 2:  I haven't heard anything.

Colleague 1:  What can we do?

Colleague 2:  Nothing. Continue working as usual and wait for information to come down the chain of command.

chain of command - Usage:


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chain of command - Gerund Form:

There is not gerund form for chain of command.

chain of command - Examples:

1)  ... tell him or her about your concerns. If nothing changes, go up the chain of command: first to the professor's department chair, then to the appropriate ...

2)  He told me to file a report of improper delivery and that the chain of command would take care of it.

3)  In theory, the German chain of command in the west was an example of good order.

4)  The security section may also consider the recommendations and comments of your chain of command and co-workers.

5)  Also the responsibility for things flows up, it's the double edged sword in chain of command (it's why they get paid more). Something goes wrong ...

6)  Senior military and FAA leaders had no effective communication with each other. The chain of command did not function well.

7)  Transocean says the rig's chain of command and safety standards were followed and worked effectively under the circumstances.

8)  ... need to be put in their place. They need to be taught the chain of command. They need to understand that they just work here and that Bobby ...

9)  Congress can request those logs. The calls went up the chain of command. When they stop, we have the person who decided to let ...

10)  People were going to die as police stood by. To hell with the chain of command. "I am going in," he radioed.

11)  On the movie set it's a chain of command. The Director is usually picked first -- then the cast.

12)  Is there some sort of chain of command where you can handle issues without taking it up to higher ranking co-workers ...

13)  Unfortunately, though, this is lower in the chain of command and pays less.

14)  Like any other chain of command, you can follow the money up to the top and ultimately find ...

15)  It was a regrettable breakdown in the chain of command.

16)  Know the blame lines. What exactly is the direct chain of command that says whether this guy stays or goes in the company.

17)  ... is advisable for an employer to designate at least one official outside an employee's chain of command to take complaints of harassment.

18)  If you don't get satisfaction, move up the chain of command until you get what you want or are as high in management as ...

19)  No one is in charge. The organizational chain of command is convoluted and illusive, so it's virtually impossible to identify the ...

20)  The Pentagon time line is more specific to what the chain of command did, but left out details of the ground battle.