the social ladder

the social ladder

The hierarchical structure or makeup of a culture, society, or social environment. Miss Dumfey hopes to improve her standing on the social ladder with a marriage to the baron. It's always hard for high school freshmen to find their place on the social ladder. Mary's had a chip on her shoulder from being raised in a trailer park, so climbing the social ladder has been her only aim since leaving home.
See also: ladder, social
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He says it didn't follow the footsteps of typical Cinderella stories, where a poor girl climbs the social ladder by marrying a rich guy.
As Nandy explains, "Thanks to democracy, over the years, people in India who were predominantly members of certain castes [or social classes] have moved up the social ladder, in numerical strength and a fair bit of political clout.
They are especially popular in China, where carp swimming against the tide symbolizes the idea of perseverance leading to riches -- rather like people climbing the social ladder, said Yutaka Suga, professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at Tokyo University.
There is no dearth of law breakers, who thrive in an unholy nexus with a section of people belonging to the upper rung of the social ladder.
WREXHAM and Conwy are two of the worst places to be born hard-up if you want to climb the social ladder, according to a new report.
The court has ruled that marriage cannot be a business or a way of climbing up the social ladder (through big payouts)," he told Radio 24 on Thursday.
But Commons Education Committee chair Neil Carmichael stressed there was "no compelling evidence" that selective grammars help disadvantaged pupils move up the social ladder.
As Rooney's substance abuse intensifies, he engages in ever riskier behavior, descending rapidly down the social ladder until a trans streetwalker provides him with something like redemption.
But who can say for sure that they too couldn't end up on that lonely bottom rung of the social ladder if dealt a enough blows in life?
IT stands out a mile that all these councillors, whether they are in Coventry or Birmingham, have got thoughts in their minds of raising themselves up the social ladder.
In a rush to reach to the top wrung of the social ladder, they make rash decisions and end up depressed and disappointed.
Over the past four decades the experience of upward mobility has become less common, and going down the social ladder has become more common.
For others, it is to climb the social ladder and find the spotlight.
The new glass-and-steel terminal represented a "transformation" in the Brazilian population, more and more of whom are now able to afford flying as a travel option, highlighting that 46 million Brazilians have moved up the social ladder.
Personal and public crises beset the family as they climb the social ladder through three generations, in this thought-provoking and extraordinarily human drama.