climb (up) the ladder

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climb (up) the ladder

To become increasingly powerful or successful. You need to climb the ladder a bit before you start taking on your own clients. 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


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.
See also: climb, ladder, up
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It had occurred to her to look once more into the queer gaunt room which had been Clare's den, or rather eyrie, for so long, and climbing the ladder she stood at the open door of the apartment, regarding and pondering.
The sooner they start climbing the ladder again, the better.
Naranjo and his wife, Frances, were constantly preventing Andre from climbing the ladder of their pool in an attempt to join the other children.
With both wrestlers climbing the ladder, Corbin knocked them both off and grabbed the briefcase.
Climbing the ladder to her third-floor balcony, the burly, tattooed firefighter made Ivena's day.
Climbing the ladder to her third-floor balcony, the burly, tattooed firefighter was specially requested by Ivena to mark her big day.
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The man became unwell while climbing the ladder in the Smorrall Lane area of the town yesterday afternoon.
Ashton said: "We need to start climbing the ladder again.
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