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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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upwards of

Also, upward of. More than, in excess of, as in Upwards of 30,000 spectators filled the ballpark. [c. 1600]
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/upwards of
More than; in excess of: "the onslaught of upwards of seventy divisions" (Winston S. Churchill).
References in classic literature ?
Slowly she was gaining her way to the greater heights where safety lay, when, after a particularly daring leap, the swaying branch she grasped bent low beneath her weight, nor whipped upward again as it should have done.
Often, from childhood upward, they had seen it shining like a distant star.
I grew frantically mad, and struggled to force myself upward against the sweep of the fearful scimitar.
With a mighty, catlike bound I sprang upward toward that slender strand--the only avenue which yet remained that could carry me to my vanishing love.
Each step being full as high as a dinner-table; there being very, very many of the steps; an Arab having hold of each of our arms and springing upward from step to step and snatching us with them, forcing us to lift our feet as high as our breasts every time, and do it rapidly and keep it up till we were ready to faint, who shall say it is not lively, exhilarating, lacerating, muscle-straining, bone-wrenching and perfectly excruciating and exhausting pastime, climbing the Pyramids?
Then he lifted his right hand, with the thumb pointing upward and said: "Teaugh
I have no idea, of course, how long it took me to reach the limit of the plain, but at last I entered the foothills, following a pretty little canyon upward toward the mountains.
At my right the cliff rose straight upward for thou-sands of feet.
He came to the stone steps leading upward to the higher level.
So for the thousandth time I thank the strange fate which sent that lifeboat hurtling upward from the green pit of destruction to which it had been dragged--sent it far up above the surface, emptying its water as it rose above the waves, and dropping it upon the surface of the sea, buoyant and safe.
He abandoned his pursuit of the two Folk and sprang up the bluff toward the rest of us, clawing at the crumbling rock and snarling as he clawed his upward way.
trails and working slowly upward till he came out on the divide and gazed down into Napa Valley and back across to Sonoma Mountain.
No one saw anything, heard anything, yet Michael, with a whine of eagerness and joy, with laughing mouth and wriggling body, was upon the steward, licking his hands madly, squirming and twisting in the embrace of the loved hands he had so recently threatened, making attempts at short upward leaps as he flashed his tongue upward toward his lord's face.
He was voicing an utter woe, his cry bursting upward in great heart-breaking rushes, dying down into quavering misery, and bursting upward again with a rush upon rush of grief.
He began by blowing--by means of his machinery and air-pumps--several large bubbles which he allowed to float upward into the sky, where the sunshine fell upon them and gave them iridescent hues that were most beautiful.