social climber


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social climber

A person who tries to elevate their social status, often through the calculated use of friendships and relationships. Based on his circle of friends, it's obvious that he is nothing more than a social climber.
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While there was a pounds 10,000 variation in average incomes between the middle class (pounds 33,000) and working class (pounds 23,000), the "upper" middle class earned almost pounds 52,000 a year Rent and mortgage payments were virtually the same between working class households (pounds 366) and their middle class counterparts (pounds 334) n The upper middle class spent twice as much on rent and mortgages than the middle class (pounds 668 compared with pounds 334), and more than twice as much on going out and entertaining (pounds 206 compared with pounds 89) n Out of 10 cities studied for the survey, Cardiff was said to be home to the most aspirational social climbers, with an average disposable income figure of pounds 348.
She then marries a footballer (what every social climber dreams of) lands the coveted role of an X Factor judge, forges a solo career when even she knows she's not the best vocalist and earns loads of blinkin' money.
In him Davies has created a fiercely ambitious social climber who will quite happily use anyone to further his career and social standing.
Amidst the dozens of roles in a first class-heavy storyline are a number which stand out - Michael Ellis's Captain Smith, Tia Gill's amusing social climber Alice Beane, and confident, melodic vocal performances from Matthew Mellor as radio operator Harold Bride, Jonathan Taylor's steward Mr Etches, Rob Poston's Scouse stoker Fred Barrett, and Saul Danson as debonair bandleader Wallace Hartley.
According to a staffer, most of Baena's peers disliked her because she was a social climber.
For this stage version, also written by Clarke, Rachel Bell takes on the role of the social climber.
The Irish girl who does the fashion pieces for Channel 4 is much more pleasant than the social climber off the BBC, but we still don't need to see it in any of their racing coverage.
Having survived her first school year in New York at the elite Baldwin School, Mimi Schulman (The Rise and Fall of a 10th Grade Social Climber and All Q, No A: More Tales of a 10th Grade Social Climber) is off to Berlin to spend the summer with her mother.
Social climber Mrs Bennet (Brenda Blethyn) is delighted when dashing bachelor Charles Bingley moves into the neighbouring Netherfield Park estate.
But Britain's favourite actress, Birkenhead-born Patricia Routledge, who played TV's shameless social climber, preferred modesty yesterday when she received a CBE from the queen.
Most of it confirming what we know about the rise of grammar schoolboy Michael Jagger to Sir Mick, randy old goat, social climber and legendary tight-wad.
Arianna Huffington is a social climber who married oil heir Michael Huffington, insinuated herself into the inner circles of the national Republican party, and then got divorced from her husband after he lost his bid to become a U.
A bourgeois social climber, Marcello sought to reach the heights of feudal nobility in the retinue of Rene of Anjou.
Icaza continued to dramatize the struggles of the poor in novels and plays, notably in the novels En las calles (1934; "In the Streets"), Media vida deslumbrados (1942; "Half a Life Amazed"), Huairapamushcas (1948), and El chulla Romero y Flores (1958; "The Social Climber Romero y Flores").
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