climb the social ladder

climb the social ladder

To improve one's position within the hierarchical structure or makeup of a culture, society, or social environment. Miss Dumfey hopes to climb the social ladder by marrying the local diplomat. John's had a chip on his shoulder from being raised in a trailer park, so climbing the social ladder has been his only aim since leaving home.
See also: climb, ladder, social
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For others, it is to climb the social ladder and find the spotlight.
Critics would also say that a little inequality will encourage innovation and individuals to work harder to climb the social ladder.
Personal and public crises beset the family as they climb the social ladder through three generations, in this thought-provoking and extraordinarily human drama.
This series follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city - a city that just happens to be Ancient Rome
MONDAY, ITV2, 10PM NEW Plebs Comedy following three men from the suburbs as they try to get lucky, get jobs and climb the social ladder in Ancient Rome.
Conversely, individuals who are attempting to climb the social ladder, that is to say, are in an intermediate position, move much more rapidly, both in a positive and negative sense.
Books on politics are no longer popular and customers are more interested in ways to enhance their work chances or in tips on how to climb the social ladder," he said.
Under Labour and Tory governments the gap between rich and poor has dramatically increased and the opportunity to climb the social ladder for working class children is less now than it was in the 1960s and '70s.
They were involved in two projects in Kosovo -- one in Pristina and another in Prizren -- and have hope to tie up with a few corporates here to ensure kids in Kosovo get a decent education, help their families and climb the social ladder.
Labour MP Graham Allen's today unveils his second report, which recommends tax-free savings schemes which could be used for projects that help the poor climb the social ladder.
When you look at their population, it is obvious to see there is a growing demographic with increasing amounts of disposable income and ambitions to continue their climb the social ladder.
Charlotte Pressler picks up on Weiner's discussion of the cultural attributes that upper-class children take for granted and that other children, if they wish to climb the social ladder, must acquire.
It is a time of unprecedented possibilities for education, leisure and travel and more people are allowed to climb the social ladder than ever before.
Born to impoverished Ukrainian parents, who pose as Jews to immigrate to America and settle in Little Odessa, Yuri manages to climb the social ladder, thanks to gunrunning, and even convinces the model-cum-failed actress and wannabe painter Ava Fontaine (a stunning Moynahan) that he is a legitimate businessman.
Family, for Casey, is elastic, stretching across various generations, and he demonstrates the various strategies that enabled families not only to climb the social ladder, but also to stay there.