climb (up) the ladder

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climb (up) the ladder

To become increasingly powerful or successful. I'm an artist at heart, so I have no interest in climbing up the corporate ladder.
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climb up the ladder

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climb the ladder

If you climb up the ladder or climb the ladder, you become more and more successful or important. There's no need for the sort of competitive behaviour you get at companies where people are trying to climb up the ladder. He became the first man to climb the social ladder from a log cabin to the White House. Note: You can also say that someone moves up the ladder. If you think you can do more than you are doing in your present position, you owe it to yourself to make the effort to move up the ladder.
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I suppose I didn't look or sound very Croatian (because I'm not Croatian) and she clearly thought I was just pulling an elaborate ruse to give me the opportunity to ogle her pert little bottom as she climbed up the ladder.
Of course, I did ogle her pert little bottom as she climbed up the ladder (it was physically impossible not to), but I did have a genuine need for the shirt and there was no other way of getting it.
The tide was out and they'd climbed down a ladder on to the river bed and climbed up the ladder on the other side.
One owl climbed up the ladder and flew away, and two others were rescued by an animal-control officer who climbed into the well, officials said.