climb the social ladder

climb the social ladder

To improve one's position within the hierarchical structure or makeup of a culture, society, or social environment. Miss Dumfey hopes to climb the social ladder by marrying the local diplomat. John's had a chip on his shoulder from being raised in a trailer park, so climbing the social ladder has been his only aim since leaving home.
See also: climb, ladder, social
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It might even make you climb the social ladder, which probably would make you feel better," Natt explained.
The Queenmother of Berekum and Kato, Nana Afia Siraa-Ababio III, who chaired the function, also urged women to pursue their individual aspirations and strive to climb the social ladder against any social norms.
Becky, the main focus of the show, is a poor girl with a great deal of wit who hopes to climb the social ladder, no matter who might get in her way.
Teenager Greg Heffley jumps from elementary to middle school, where his attempts to climb the social ladder seem doomed to fail (2010
This infrastructural impediment has left millions of smallholder farmers poor and unable to significantly climb the social ladder. For instance, to move a typical container from Lagos to Kano will cost the farmer about the same as moving that same container from Lagos to Osaka in Japan which is 13 times farther.
When will someone finally focus on how this enhanced dependence on Medicaid will cost taxpayers dearly and will stagnate the lower class by making it infinitely more difficult to climb the social ladder, something that was once the hallmark of the America we once knew.
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.
Live Theatre We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder.
I wanted so badly to climb the social ladder. My climb would impatiently wait many years for a window to such clamber.
For others, it is to climb the social ladder and find the spotlight.
Critics would also say that a little inequality will encourage innovation and individuals to work harder to climb the social ladder. For that to happen, the social welfare recipients must make a genuine effort to improve their lives to avoid drenching the state coffers.
Personal and public crises beset the family as they climb the social ladder through three generations, in this thought-provoking and extraordinarily human drama.
This series follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city - a city that just happens to be Ancient Rome!
MONDAY, ITV2, 10PM NEW Plebs Comedy following three men from the suburbs as they try to get lucky, get jobs and climb the social ladder in Ancient Rome.
Books on politics are no longer popular and customers are more interested in ways to enhance their work chances or in tips on how to climb the social ladder," he said.