climb the social ladder

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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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We have read about many successful people around the world who worked hard and climbed the social ladder and earned a name for themselves.
Only 61% of men whose parents climbed the social ladder managed to follow them into professional or managerial positions.
It also exposes the mind-blowing corruption and banality of ruthless elites who climbed the social ladder at the expense of the long-suffering masses.
The couple, perhaps driven by Dorothy, climbed the social ladder, leaving a council flat for their own place.
It is the class that created Labour and it still exists in reality - and in the minds of those who may have climbed the social ladder, but have kept their working-class values.
Twiggy plays Mrs Warren who has climbed the social ladder by running a chain of brothels which have paid for her daughter's education.