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social climber

A person who tries to elevate their social status, often through the calculated use of friendships and relationships. Based on his circle of friends, it's obvious that he is nothing more than a social climber.
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Part of the appeal of being middle class rather than working class is that the status implies a measure of self-confidence, as well as conferring approval on those who are "aspirational" - what used to be known as social climbers.
I suppose that has come about because the gobshites who can't play rugby have discovered that it is a social advantage to be seen at the game, and when twelve thousand social climbers packed into the RDS for a game between Leinster and Glasgow to witness a mauling in the muck it proves the point.
Wednesday, March 2, 2005 Wythall Gardening Club, Mrs G Dyer - The ultimate social climbers - Clematis, Wythall Village Hall, Alcester Road, Wythall, 7.
She was the Sir Edmund Hillary of social climbers, a brassy, scheming minx who'd do anything to rise up the social ladder.
BEST QUOTE: On Becky: "I had thought her a mere social climber.
We have an idea for a new reality TV show: ``City Hall,'' an unscripted portrayal of a group of unscrupulous social climbers determined to become rich and famous by any means possible.
Programme makers want to hear from social climbers brave enough to dish the dirt on what really goes on in a county with more millionaires than anywhere else in the UK.
Watson, Prince Edward, and social climbers of other sorts.
7 million social climbers are using unsecured debt to finance private schools, second homes and household staff - at an average of pounds 13,000 of debt per person.
A few toffs were sitting around in the Leander Club, but most there were social climbers and hangers-on, NCO types in boaters and blazers, ranting about how their naval forebears had fought at Trafalgar, and recalling the golden age of sailing.
Six social climbers from Midland accountants BDO Stoy Hayward are about to reach the peak of their careers - all in the name of charity.
CAN WE put a stop to the bumpkins, wannabe social climbers and hyphenated inbreds who refer to fox hunting as a 'sport'?
The pamphlet fumed: 'Did these social climbers, this post-war prosperous section of this American set, frequented by Mrs Simpson, think she was going to become Queen and that by helping her to succeed in her ambition, they would have free entry to Buckingham Palace, where they would indulge in all-night parties, barn-yard balls, etc?
And then The Ivy's social climbers will have to find another cafe to cling to.
SOCIAL climbers keep ketchup in a cruet rather than on the side of the plate.