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be kicked upstairs

To be promoted to a higher role or position in a company that has little actual responsibility or authority. John was kicked upstairs to an assistant manager position so he would stop griping about his pay.
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Even as we put together this report, the less agile and flexible of the wunderkind were quietly being kicked upstairs or unceremoniously off to the side.
Big Ron spent nearly pounds 20million in as many months recruiting new players before being kicked upstairs when Coventry hit rock-bottom in November.