rise to the top

rise to the top

to move or float to something, such as the top, surface, etc. The cream will rise to the top. The lighter oil rose to the top and we scooped it up and saved it.
See also: rise, top
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They have wanted their sacer vates, having been too solid to rise to the top by themselves, and not having been largely gifted with the talent of catching hold of, and holding on tight to, whatever good things happened to be going--the foundation of the fortunes of so many noble families.
No popular music collection should be this revealing probe of the band's rise to the top of the charts
If they are Indian they will rise to the top and if they are Pakistani they will not.
After a while, a seed becomes covered with enough bubbles to make it rise to the top of the water.
Investment fund manager Nicola Horlick, who was branded 'Superwoman' for her ability to juggle her family life yet still rise to the top of her profession, is to give a seminar on Tyneside.
In a story of bravery and redemption, Grant moves quickly to first establish Dan's post on the lowest rung of the social ladder, and then chronicles his eventual rise to the top.
WHILE Eminem's biopic 8 Mile was a rapper's rise to the top through various face-offs, 50 Cent's biopic is all about guns.
Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun is an autobiography which recounts his philosophy in life as much as his sports experience: he tells of the world of competitive skiing and how he bucked conventional wisdom to rise to the top, and his personal theories shine brightly throughout.
Liebman, who was personally hired as a broker by Barbara Corcoran 20 years ago, added, "Barbara Corcoran's rise to the top of the New York City residential real estate industry is legendary and The Corcoran Group is a testament to her forward-thinking leadership.
On a recent Jim Lehrer show, Lindsay Moran, a former CIA agent, seconded a point made here last month, saying that "the most mediocre people would rise to the top .
The air in the shell tends to rise to the top of the antibubble, making the skin thinnest and most vulnerable at the bottom.
Where More was James Dean in his rapid rise to the top, early demise, and post-death legend status, Ferrer is the George Burns of Cuban music.
Keckly has used her dressmaking skills to buy her freedom and rise to the top of free black, entrepreneurial society in the nation's capital.