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come up through the ranks

To reach a prominent position after serving in subordinate ones. Those employees trust Stu because they know that he came up through the ranks and once held the same entry-level position that they have now.
See also: come, rank, through, up
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come up through the ranks

Fig. to rise to a position of leadership by working up through the sequence of lower positions. He came up through the ranks to become a corporate executive. The general came up through the ranks. There is no other way to become a general.
See also: come, rank, through, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

come up/rise through the ˈranks

after starting your career at the bottom or low down in an organization, finally reach a high position in it: The new managing director has come up through the ranks, which is quite unusual these days.
In the military, the ranks refers to the position of ordinary soldiers rather than officers. Some may become officers if they have the right qualities.
See also: come, rank, rise, through, up
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