friends in high places

friends in high places important or influential people who can help you get what you need — связи, (выгодные) знакомства

have friends in high places (to know important people who can help you) — иметь хорошие связи, хорошие знакомства; иметь блат

Example: Even if I had friends in high places I wouldn't use them to my advantage.

It's great to have friends in high places but I'd like to be successful on the basis of my own ability, not on who I know.

(SS)

see also
[блат]