get to the top

get to the top

 (of something)
1. Lit. to get to the highest point of something. We finally got to the top of the mountain and planted the flag. We had tried twice before to get to the top.
2. Fig. to work up to the highest status in something. She got to the top of her field in a very short time. It takes hard work to get to the top.
See also: get, top
References in classic literature ?
If I can only get to the top of the house, I may get also to the root of the obstacle.
if I could get to the top of that hill: and here's a path that leads straight to it--at least, no, it doesn't do that--'
I was delighted to get to the top and to have contributed to the fundraising is such an amazing experience.
Indeed, to get to the apex of their professions, individuals are often forced to jettison certain attitudes and behaviors, the same attitudes and behaviors they need for survival once they get to the top.
It's ideal because the rules are quite simple and it's clear the aim is to get to the top.
Ladbrokes initially offered odds of 4/1 that Mysterious Girl would get to the top, but by the time the book closed it was odds-on at 1/2.