Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

at the summit of (one's) success

At the highest possible degree of success at a given point in time; in the most prosperous, prodigious, or prestigious position that can be achieved. The actress, who is at the summit of her success at the moment, is hoping to get involved in other fields of interest. The business is at the summit of success, supplying nearly every industrialized country at the moment.
See also: of, success

be a howling success

To be extremely or triumphantly successful. For having such a limited budget, their play turned out to be a howling success. My business was a howling success in the 1980s and '90s, but the advent of the Internet rendered my services obsolete.
See also: howling, success

be a roaring success

To be extremely or triumphantly successful. For having such a limited budget, their play turned out to be a roaring success. My business was a roaring success in the 1980s and '90s, but the advent of the Internet rendered my services obsolete.
See also: roaring, success

fail of success

To not reach a goal or accomplishment. I know you worked hard on the fundraiser, so I'm really sorry to hear that you failed of success. After not making the team last year, I'm really hoping I don't fail of success this time around.
See also: fail, of, success

success depends on your backbone, not your wishbone

Success is achieved through dedication and effort, not hopes and dreams or wishful thinking. You need to work on your writing every single day if you really want to be a famous author because success depends on your backbone, not your wishbone.
See also: depend, not, on, success

success has many fathers, failure is an orphan

People are quick to associate themselves with successful ventures and distance themselves from failures. A: "All the people who were so excited about this project in the beginning now act like they've never even heard of it." B: "Well, success has many fathers, failure is an orphan."
See also: failure, many, success

dress for success

To dress nicely, in the hope of inviting success in a particular area. I dressed for success in a suit and tie, but I don't think the recruiter was very impressed with me.
See also: dress, success

What price (something)?

A question indicating one's doubt that an achievement is or was worth the cost in terms of the problems it has led to or the sacrifices that it required. Most commonly seen in the phrase "What price fame?" When you have to have a security detail just to go to the grocery store, you have to ask: What price fame? What price wealth, when you sell out everything you believe in along the way?
See also: price, what

key to success

Fig. the secret to someone's success. Bob said that the key to his success is working hard, being on time, and being extremely lucky.
See also: key, success

Nothing succeeds like success.

Prov. If you have succeeded in the past, you will continue to be successful in the future. After Alan's brilliant courtroom victory, everyone wanted to be his client. Nothing succeeds like success.

howling success

A tremendous triumph, as in Their first play was a howling success. This colloquial expression employs howling in the sense of "very pronounced" or "glaring," a usage dating from the mid-1800s.
See also: howling, success

nothing succeeds like success

success leads to opportunities for further and greater successes. proverb

a recipe for diˈsaster, sucˈcess, etc.

a method or an idea that seems likely to have a particular result: That idea sounds like a recipe for disaster.What’s her recipe for success?
See also: recipe

a ˌroaring sucˈcess

(informal) a very great success: The band was such a roaring success that they have been asked to stay for an extra week.His movies haven’t exactly been a roaring success, have they?
See also: roaring, success

nothing sucˌceeds like sucˈcess

(saying) success encourages you and often leads to more success: The first task the students do should be one they are likely to do well. This is because nothing succeeds like success.

the sweet smell of sucˈcess

(informal) the pleasant feeling of being successful
See also: of, smell, success, sweet
References in classic literature ?
She had gleaned enough from von Horn to understand that some important scientific experiments were to be undertaken; but what their nature she could not imagine, for she had not the slightest conception of the success that had crowned her father's last experiment at Ithaca, although she had for years known of his keen interest in the subject.
Tom's success in this affair soon began to ring over the country, and various were the censures passed upon it; some greatly applauding it as an act of good nature; others sneering, and saying, "No wonder that one idle fellow should love another.
And so every honest person, as he said, was on the side of today's success and was rejoicing over it.
I dare not expect such success, yet I cannot bear to look on the reverse of the picture.
10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Spanx founder Sara Blakely divulges the principles that have helped her turn an unassuming undergarment into a billion dollar, Oprah-approved empire in the January 2016 issue of SUCCESS Magazine.
People see "alleged" instant success stories in media according to Huffington Post's Carolyn Gregoire.
AK Mishra's Art of Success' is a special programme which has been developed by Success Guru AK Mishra under which he gives the mantras of success to the Civil Services aspirants as well as he gives the insight to get success in every sphere of life.
gov, begins with: "Success in Iraq remains critical to our national security and to success in the War on Terror.
Recent studies have provided strong evidence of effectiveness for the school counselor-led Student Success Skills (SSS) intervention in positively effecting the academic achievement and social competence of students (Brigman & Campbell, 2003; Brigman, Webb, & Campbell, in press; Campbell & Brigman, 2005; Webb, Brigman, & Campbell, 2005).
You couldn't find a better ensemble on Broadway to bring alive the Pyramid of Success principles written by legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden in his children's book ``Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success.
The path from an idea to a successful innovation or commercial venture is lined with mine fields that can sabotage success at any step.
Arsenault, Hamilton, Leeds and Marcil have all developed multimillion dollar portfolios, but their roads to success are as diverse as the real estate market itself.
While the effective implementation of these six factors may be inherent to successful programs, they alone are not sufficient to guarantee program success.
Companies can achieve remarkable levels of growth and long-term success simply by making a conscious effort to align the interests of all stakeholders in parallel.
In this research, success is defined as the student's completion of a course with an A, B, or C grade.