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be kicked upstairs

To be promoted to a higher role or position in a company that has little actual responsibility or authority. John was kicked upstairs to an assistant manager position so he would stop griping about his pay.
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Last night Hutton was kicked upstairs with the title editor-in-chief.
Richardson does not want to embarrass Big Ron, 59, but Coventry cannot afford the wages of the man who was kicked upstairs as "director of football" when Strachan took over in November.