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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It is a massive coup for Allen who first joined Downton three years ago as chauffeur Tom Branson, who climbs the social ladder and marries into the Crawley family.
The story revolves around the 'Twilight' hunk's character Georges Duroy, a journalist who climbs the social ladder by sleeping with a series of prominent women, reports the Daily Express.
echo as the patron's complaint climbs the social ladder of responsibility.
Director David Lean's adaptation of the famous Dickens tale of an orphan who climbs the social ladder is perhaps the best interpretation of the novelist's work.