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kick (one) upstairs

To promote one to a higher role or position in a company that has little actual responsibility or authority. They kicked John upstairs to an assistant manager position so he would stop griping about his pay.
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kick upstairs

Promote someone to a higher but less desirable position, especially one with less authority. For example, Paul never forgave the company for kicking him upstairs at age 55. This expression alludes to its antonym, kick downstairs, simply meaning "eject." [Mid-1900s]
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kick upstairs

Slang
To promote to a higher yet less desirable position.
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A girl in her mid teens left the candle burning in a bedroom when she was downstairs at the home on Heathfield Avenue in Greetland at 11am yesterday.
Dean was the first downstairs and was shocked to find a Ford KA car had crashed into the living room window, knocking the television over, as well as a wooden sideboard and its contents.
Currently, the owner only leases the upstairs although downstairs is available and there is room to expand by adding pool tables, additional dining, etc.
There's a canopy extractor fan downstairs and we are concerned it may have carried the fire from upstairs to downstairs.
Downstairs there is a lounge with cosy gas fire, utility room, and modern kitchen-diner with warm wooden units that give it a traditional feel.
The event, Club Monte Cristo, will be hosted by Upstairs Downstairs, Adliya, from 9pm.
A QUARTER of men pretend to be asleep when they hear a strange noise downstairs in the night so they do not have to get up to investigate.
A large downstairs area includes a timber-framed conservatory, a country-style breakfasting kitchen and a utility room fitted with base units.
WHERE: Patrick Road, Yardley WHAT: Extended traditional semi with entrance hall, downstairs toilet, lounge, dining room, sun lounge, enlarged fitted kitchen, downstairs toilet, family shower room, four bedrooms, central heating, double glazing, multi car off road parking, garage, back garden with decked areas and raised fish pond.
Alfie said: "Fortunately, I had woken up before the fire started, and I was downstairs making a cup of tea when the alarm activated.
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