"There was an eagle high up in the trees."

"There was an eagle high up the trees."

I am wondering if both means the same thing and we can omit "in". In my opinion, we can, but I am not so sure you can do that. Also, I am not sure both have the same meaning. I am thinking I might be wrong.

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"High up the trees" isn't idiomatic. "High up a/the tree" (singular) could work. It locates something high in a particular tree.
You might use it like this:
"The cat was high up a tree after fleeing the dog."

The use of "up" without "in" suggests that something has climbed the tree, whereas an eagle would have flown there.


Honestly, if you read the second sentence, it sounds awkward. While the first sentence flows perfectly well.


A better way to write it: "An eagle was perched high up in the trees."

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