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the greasy pole

The route to advancement in one's place of employment or education, likened to a greased pole that is slippery and difficult to climb. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I know it's been a hard month, but it's just another upward movement on the greasy pole.
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the greasy pole

BRITISH
The greasy pole is used to talk about someone's attempts to reach a more successful position in their career. In 1982 he joined the ruling party, since when he has climbed its greasy pole, becoming finance minister in 1991. Michael's plan was to impress the boss and start up the greasy pole. Note: This expression is often used disapprovingly, especially to suggest that success at work is not of great value. Note: In the past, climbing up or along a greasy pole in order to get a prize at the end of it was a popular fairground competition.
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the greasy pole

used to refer to the difficult route to the top of someone's profession.
The original literal greasy pole was a pole covered with an oily substance to make it more difficult to climb or walk along, used especially as a form of entertainment.
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As they stamp on each other's faces in the scramble up the greasy pole, the Cabinet have shown they are far removed from the catastrophe that two successive Tory prime ministers have caused and unconcerned about the national calamity.
Perhaps more disappointingly after much earnest rhetoric about public service during the campaign, we see Welsh Labour MPs back in Westminster setting their sights on climbing Corbyn's greasy pole - no matter what the cost to families and livelihoods back here in Wales.
They've got to get them on that greasy pole to climb that greasy ladder.
To start, a person climbs up a greasy pole in the town square and retrieves a ham at the top.
Thus exchanging one greasy pole in Westminster for a more promising one in Cardiff.
The other day while having lunch with a couple of friends one of them said to the other that their mutual friend's ascent up the greasy pole of academic advancement was impressive.
Due to her gender, Mabel is summarily dispatched to walk the greasy pole of certain death but saves herself at the last moment by showing how her brains could prove useful to the pirates so the pirates take her on as a mate and Mabel Jones has the adventure of a lifetime.
Had I been there, I would undoubtedly have found myself joining the crowds heading down to the moor to watch the traditional battle on the greasy pole.
Of course subsequent generations might slide down the greasy pole.
Such independent thinking is not encouraged, for it will rule out any chance of advancement up the greasy pole to ultimately obtaining office, ultimately resulting in the wayward MP being labelled "a maverick".
One, who said his investigation into a paedophile ring was shut down, claimed: "As the operation expanded up the greasy pole of high society, the job got canned.
Casting a scathing eye over Hollywood's 'me' culture, the film focuses on a series of characters either on their way up or sliding down fame's greasy pole.
Contract awarded for related production service traditional games such as treasure hunt, greasy pole, catch the chicken, spinning competition, kites, enboque, bagging, rope pulls and awards.
Upon readis ng the article a common theme quickly emerged: similar to in most other parts of the country, our local UKIP branch is made up of failed ex-Conservatives and people who have a past of changing their allegiance once elected to climb the greasy pole of local politics.
Competitions will include greasy pole fighting, where opponents attempt to dislodge each other into a pool of water.