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bamboo ceiling

A figurative discriminatory barrier in the workplace that impedes the career progress of Asians and people of Asian descent, preventing them from reaching top leadership positions in a company. Coined by the writer Jane Hyun, it is derived from the term "glass ceiling," which refers to the subtle discriminations that prevent women from advancing to the top positions in business. Mark was worried that his Chinese heritage might result in a bamboo ceiling if he tried to get a promotion down the line.
See also: bamboo, ceiling

brass ceiling

The barrier of gender bias that makes it difficult for women in the military to advance through the ranks. A play on the phrase "glass ceiling," which refers to the same difficulty for women in the workplace in general. I can't stand this brass ceiling—if I were a man, I'd be a corporal by now.
See also: brass, ceiling

glass ceiling

A societal barrier that prevents women and minorities from advancing in the workplace. Many people believe that a glass ceiling exists within the tech industry because not many women hold prominent positions in the field.
See also: ceiling, glass

go through the roof

1. To react to something angrily. Mom will go through the roof when she finds out we disobeyed her—again.
2. To reach new heights. Once our neighborhood was featured in that popular show, house prices went through the roof.
See also: roof, through

hit the ceiling

To react angrily. Mom will hit the ceiling when she finds out we broke the vase by playing ball in the house again.
See also: ceiling, hit

go through the roof

 
1. Fig. Inf. to become very angry. She saw what had happened and went through the roof. My father went through the roof when he saw what I did to the car.
2. Fig. Inf. [for prices] to become very high. These days, prices for gasoline are going through the roof. The cost of coffee is going through the roof.
See also: roof, through

hit the ceiling

 and hit the roof
Fig. to get very angry. She really hit the ceiling when she found out what happened. My dad'll hit the roof when he finds out that I wrecked his car.
See also: ceiling, hit

glass ceiling

An unacknowledged discriminatory barrier to advancement, especially for women and minorities. For example, Harriet knew she'd never be promoted-she would never get through the glass ceiling. [1980s]
See also: ceiling, glass

go through the roof

1. Also, hit the ceiling or roof . Lose one's temper, become very angry, as in Marge went through the roof when she heard she'd been fired. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
2. Reach new or unexpected heights, as in After the war, food prices went through the roof. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
See also: roof, through

hit the ceiling

Also, hit the roof. Explode in anger, as in Jane hit the ceiling when she saw her grades, or Dad hit the roof when he didn't get his usual bonus. The first expression dates from the early 1900s; the second is a version of a 16th-century locution, up in the house roof or house-top, meaning "enraged."
See also: ceiling, hit

go through the ceiling

COMMON If the level of something goes through the ceiling, it increases by a lot very rapidly. Sales went through the ceiling and pharmacists began reporting shortages of the drug. Compare with go through the roof.
See also: ceiling, through

hit the ceiling

COMMON If someone hits the ceiling, they suddenly become very angry and shout at someone. When I told him what happened, he hit the ceiling. Compare with hit the roof.
See also: ceiling, hit

the glass ceiling

COMMON If you talk about the glass ceiling, you mean the opinions and attitudes which prevent people, especially women, from being given the most important jobs. At the age of 43 she became the highest ranking woman officer in the country, only to find she'd hit the glass ceiling. A woman judge has at last succeeded in breaking through the glass ceiling into the Court of Appeal, the second highest court in the land.
See also: ceiling, glass

go through the roof

or

hit the roof

COMMON
1. If the level of something goes through the roof or hits the roof, it increases by a lot very rapidly. Interest rates were going through the roof. In 1990, wool prices hit the roof. Compare with go through the ceiling.
2. If someone goes through the roof or hits the roof, they suddenly become very angry, and usually show their anger by shouting at someone. When I told my mother she went through the roof. She took one look at my hair and hit the roof. Compare with go through the ceiling. Compare with hit the ceiling.
See also: roof, through

hit the ceiling

fly into a sudden rage.
2004 Scarlett Elizabeth Cooper Nuts & Bolts When Dr John Pulaski arrived home that night, he hit the ceiling. ‘Why are you bringing other people into our home?’ he demanded of his wife.
See also: ceiling, hit

go through (or hit) the roof

1 (of prices or figures) reach extreme or unexpected heights; become exorbitant. 2 suddenly become very angry. informal
See also: roof, through

hit the ˈroof/ˈceiling

(informal) suddenly become very angry: Every time I mention Patricia, Sam hits the roof.
See also: ceiling, hit, roof

go through the ˈroof

(informal)
1 become very angry: He went through the roof when I told him I’d lost the money.
2 (of prices, numbers) rise or increase very high very quickly: Prices have gone through the roof since the oil crisis began.
See also: roof, through

hit the ceiling

and hit the roof
tv. to get very angry. She really hit the ceiling when she found out what happened.
See also: ceiling, hit

go through the roof

Slang
1. To grow, intensify, or rise to an enormous, often unexpected degree: Operating costs went through the roof last year.
2. To become extremely angry: When I told her about breaking the window, she went through the roof.
See also: roof, through
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Lath and plaster ceilings are particularly prone to hairline cracks and to truly get rid of them, you'll have to pull down the ceiling (a very messy job), and start again with plasterboard.
The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has this year allowed some lenders to raise their credit growth ceiling with a view to boosting economic growth in the nation.
Wire cable is used to connect a suspended ceiling to the concrete structure of the building and hard piping is similarly fixed.
However, price fluctuations in vital energy sources for manufacturing ceiling tiles such as crude oil, is expected to hamper the growth of the market.
If the ceiling is less than perfect - with bumps or cracks - make sure you use a matt paint because one with a sheen will highlight the imperfections.
One alternative is suspended ceilings, which consist of large removable tiles in a metal grid below the existing ceiling.
All 684 ceiling panels will be removed by Thursday, according to Metropolitan Expressway Co.
nine snug with vaulted ceiling and exposed ceiling beams and brick work There are more beams in the kitchen/ breakfast room which also has hand painted wall and base units with granite work surface and a Belfast sink.
Having ceiling fans on medium all day allows us to run our air-conditioning at a temperature of 25.
The lightest ceiling roses, and so the easiest to fit, are expanded-polystyrene ones.
A Ceiling fans, although sounding dated, can look spectacular.
USG's newly updated 2007/2008 Ceiling Systems catalog emphasizes the key strengths of its ceilings products, including sustainability and the design flexibility offered by the company's specialty ceilings and drywall suspension system.
Another way HDI defines the major circulation artery that directs traffic and adds visual impact on the second floor was with a ringed 50' diameter ceiling soffit enhanced by decorative fluorescent lighting accenting the center core.