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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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If you have a downstairs bathroom, but can fit a toilet (and washbasin) upstairs without compromising the layout too much, this is worth doing.
She said the spooky happenings had definitely put some staff off going downstairs.
The semi has a separate dining room, a kitchen, downstairs WC and hall.
I use the East End pool for an exercise class and only yesterday realised that anyone who comes to shop in Byker no longer has access easily to the downstairs public toilets, when the council outsourced east End Pool to a leisure company as part of its cuts.
The event will be divided between two rooms, with upstairs hosting R&B and 90s soul with a special guest DJ, and downstairs DJ Lee Harris will be making his Bahrain debut.
HOW MUCH: PS210,000 WHO: Steeles Estate Agents, 0121 742 2000 WHERE: Jubilee Close, Longbridge WHAT: Luxury four-bedroom detached house with entrance hall, downstairs toilet, kitchen, lounge/diner, master bedroom with en suite, three other bedrooms, family bathroom, central heating, double glazed, off road parking, garage, back garden.
A BBC spokesman said: "2012 has been a great year for BBC drama but there are no plans for Upstairs Downstairs to return.
To be able to come back to Upstairs Downstairs is wonderful.
In addition, Upstairs Downstairs veterans Jean Marsh, Dame Eileen Atkins, and the other rights holders involved with the original series, were always given the final scripts for approval.
Retired couples will also appreciate having a toilet and wash basin downstairs - as will social butterflies, who entertain regularly.
THE DOLL SHOP DOWNSTAIRS receives fine black and white drawings throughout by Heather Maione as it tells of a doll shop and an awkward middle child who feels special only when she's in her family's doll repair shop with her favorite doll--a repair doll that isn't hers.
PUTTOCK, Simon & Russell Julian Goat and Donkey and the Noise Downstairs OUP, 2008 unpaged $15.
December 2: Playreading of "And Then There Were None" in the English Church of the Holy Trinity downstairs hall, 14 bis, rue du Mont-Blanc, 20:00
This article investigates how The Hole allegorizes gender hierarchy through the evolving relationship of the man upstairs and the woman downstairs through a hole in the "concrete" ceiling, the woman's anachronistic musical fantasies, and water that brings out the common humanity between the two sexes.
But as he dragged her downstairs from their flat in the town of Ferrara her body fell into a group of flowerpots and the noise alerted neighbours.