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.
See also: social
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Meghan Markle is a social climber, according to Piers Morgan.
You were a high profile fan of the show that she indulged! If she was a social climber, she wouldn't choose loose lips like you, she'd aspire higher! Your creepy obsession over her is crazy!" (https://twitter.com/MeghanMarkleUK/status/1038222789382217729) one fan wrote.
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.S.
A social climber, the title character is ashamed of her unsuccessful family.