climb the social ladder

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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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We have read about many successful people around the world who worked hard and climbed the social ladder and earned a name for themselves.
Only 61% of men whose parents climbed the social ladder managed to follow them into professional or managerial positions.
It also exposes the mind-blowing corruption and banality of ruthless elites who climbed the social ladder at the expense of the long-suffering masses.
The couple, perhaps driven by Dorothy, climbed the social ladder, leaving a council flat for their own place.
It is the class that created Labour and it still exists in reality - and in the minds of those who may have climbed the social ladder, but have kept their working-class values.
We are so happy for you as you relax in your newfound Nirvana, so happy that you've climbed the social ladder and can now count murderers, armed robbers and burglars as friends and confidantes where once you had to slum it with Tory backbenchers.