downwardly mobile


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downwardly mobile

Descending or having the ability to descend in social rank, esteem, or class. If we lose all our savings, we'll become downwardly mobile.
See also: mobile

downwardly (or upwardly) mobile

moving to a lower (or higher) social position; losing (or gaining) wealth and status.
See also: mobile
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Human-resources types coin some memorable not-quite-ready-for-Webster words: the noun re-career is the new job you take after you retire from running with the big rats; job-lock explains your staying in a lousy job because it offers health insurance; and if you're a domo (from downwardly mobile professional), you're an under-40 who shucks a promising career to concentrate on more meaningful or spiritual activities.
On Friday, Hilton Hotels (NYSE:HLT) graced the ranks of the downwardly mobile stocks; today is not different.
Instead, it provocatively features a fictive, downwardly mobile citizen trying to get hard answers from real-life candidates regarding what they'll do in office to help needy supporters like herself.
But by the age of 50, downwardly mobile men are over three and a half times as likely to be depressed as women in the same position.
There's only been one flop - a cheesy ITV sitcom about yuppies called Downwardly Mobile, which limped through just one series.
His mother, Pickles, a downwardly mobile former Hill girl, is bald underneath a tall wig and drinks like a fish.
Taking advantage of the interest in getting downwardly mobile is The Futon Company which has a wealth of experience and should be able to give good advice about what kind of futon will best suit your requirements.
Are the uncertain future of the small business remnant and the painful circumstances of the predominantly downwardly mobile not the long-term fate of many more outside the factory walls?
Below them, a segment of downwardly mobile working people found that their reduced job prospects and declining wages had placed them in the ranks of the working poor.
As with Gelernter's call for downwardly mobile domesticity, there is no way to make the family wage happen, and no constituency for it either, except of course our old friends "we" and "us.
But why are all the stars of the downwardly mobile show quitting in such alarmingly high numbers?
This small but extremely well-crafted tale of a divorced, downwardly mobile taxi driver trying to gather the funds for essential surgery has a singular tone that is both pensive and gently comic.
And the winner of the most downwardly mobile man in pop award goes to Charlie Simpson.
For all I know, Gabo might have dreamed up Sierva Maria as a sort of downwardly mobile mongrel counterpart of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, the New Spain poet-nun Octavio Paz has gone on at such length about, likewise silenced by the Inquisition, renouncing in 1692 her very own art in her very own blood.