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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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hit the ceiling

See: hit the roof
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go through the roof

to increase to a very high level The price of that new stock went through the roof. Police say the crime rate in our area has gone through the roof.
Usage notes: often used to refer to prices or costs
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a glass ceiling

the opinions of people in a company which prevent women from getting such important positions as men The problem for women in broadcasting is the glass ceiling. Women rise but not to the top.
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hit the ceiling/roof

  (informal)
to become very angry and start shouting If I'm late again he'll hit the roof.
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go through the roof

if the level of something, especially a price, goes through the roof, it increases very quickly As a result of the war, oil prices have gone through the roof.
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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]
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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]
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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."
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hit the ceiling

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