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onward and upward

1. Becoming increasingly successful; continuing to advance or make progress. After the immense success of his first book, it was all onward and upward for John's writing career.
2. Improving to a brighter, happier future, especially after some misfortune or unpleasant incident. I know you're really disappointed with your result on the midterm, but hey, it's onward and upward from here!
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onwards and upwards

  also onward and upward
if someone moves onwards and upwards, they continue being successful or making progress The team are moving onwards and upwards after their third win this season. She started her publishing career as an editorial assistant and it was onward and upward from there.
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Onwards and upwards!

  also Onward and upward!
something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead I know you were disappointed about failing that Spanish exam, but it's not the end of the world. Onwards and upwards!
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References in classic literature ?
Thence we sailed onward with sorrow in our hearts, but glad to have escaped death though we had lost our comrades, nor did we leave till we had thrice invoked each one of the poor fellows who had perished by the hands of the Cicons.
Ulysses would not give ear, but sped onward to the ships of the Achaeans, and the son of Tydeus flinging himself alone into the thick of the fight took his stand before the horses of the son of Neleus.
We proceeded onwards, and never shall I forget the ecstasy I felt when I first heard the roar of the surf breaking upon the beach.
I am about to call the landlord, and explain to him that from tomorrow onwards I shall no longer be responsible for your hotel expenses.
He had hardly gone ten paces, when a second wave, rushing onwards higher, more furious and menacing than the former, struck him at the height of his chest, threw him over and buried him beneath the water.
On the third of September, finding that the mountain still stretched onwards, presenting a continued barrier, they endeavored to force a passage to the westward, but soon became entangled among rocks and precipices which set all their efforts at defiance.
With one hand grasping a shadowy bush above his head he growled that all this was possible, but that it was all in the bargain, and urged me onwards.
From now onwards (if, indeed, any continuation of this narrative should ever reach you) it can only be through the paper which I represent.
The little tailor went onwards, always following his own pointed nose.
But it did not matter; the panting shapes spun onwards.
Philip had agreed to wait outside from a quarter past seven onwards.
Napoleon's historians themselves tell us that from Smolensk onwards he wished to stop, knew the danger of his extended position, and knew that the occupation of Moscow would not be the end of the campaign, for he had seen at Smolensk the state in which Russian towns were left to him, and had not received a single reply to his repeated announcements of his wish to negotiate.
Each one of them is a step onwards in the great march--humanity, you know.
The phaeton was driven onwards with the last words, leaving Mrs.
The rabbit here did something tricky with a hole in the ground, but Porthos tore onwards in full faith that the game was being played fairly, and always returned panting and puzzling but glorious.