tier, noun

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EnglishShow more Special use of general English tier rank, grade, stratum.
In phrases designating levels of government: first tier, central or national government; second tier, regional government; third tier, local government. Also attributive.
1980 E. Prov. Herald 2 Nov. 1South West Africa’s ruling Democratic Turnhalle Alliance almost made a clean sweep of the territory’s second tier elections.
1983 Financial Mail 16 Sept. 52The question of third-tier (municipal) rule still has to be clarified.
1985 P. Bell in Business Day 15 May 6The legislative power of the provincial, second tier of government has been removed.
1985 P. Bell in Business Day 15 May 6Next in line are the Regional Services Councils (RSCs); the new super-councils of the third tier.
1986 Sunday Times 7 Sept. 2A National Statutory Council and a Council of State aimed at bringing blacks into a consultative role on first-tier level.
1988 P. Cull in Evening Post 24 Feb. 1The restrictions placed on Cosatu effectively seemed aimed at halting any attempt to disrupt the third-tier elections scheduled for October.
first tier, central or national government; second tier, regional government; third tier, local government. Also attributive.
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