Friends In High Places Meaning

(idiomatic) Friends who have authority or influence and who can ensure that one's interests will be protected or furthered.

Example: 1913, E. Phillips Oppenheim, The Mischief Maker, ch. 10:
  "Herr Freudenberg himself has great friends here, friends in high places. He will see that nothing happens."
1987 Nov. 30, "War Crimes: Long Road To Justice," Time (retrieved 18 May 2015):
  In recent years he was protected by friends in high places.
2006 April 1, Phillip Alder, "On a Day Made for Tricks, Lots of Ways to Get Them All," New York Times (retrieved 18 May 2015):
  In Petrograd they were in great danger but had many friends in high places, and with money for bribes they avoided arrest.