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downwardly mobile

Descending or likely to descend in social rank, esteem, or class. The opposite, "upwardly mobile," is much more common. If we lose all our savings, we'll become downwardly mobile.
See also: mobile

downwardly (or upwardly) mobile

moving to a lower (or higher) social position; losing (or gaining) wealth and status.
See also: mobile
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Forecast in US dollar terms downwardly revised after sales fell year-on-year in Q113.
4 per cent year-on-year, adding to a downwardly revised 1.
33billion in November, up from a downwardly revised pounds 7.
The company said that it is downwardly adjusting its forecast for the 2008/2009 financial year.
However, the key assumption here is that everyone wants to progress upwards and this may mean that the more downwardly noble, yet still talented employees may not feel comfortable staying in the business.
Contributors from labor studies and other social sciences look at such aspects as the worldwide class struggle, undocumented workers and the US informal economy, the pedagogy of oppression, and class for a downwardly mobile generation.
Kopp knew the only way to attract elite students was to "counteract teaching's image as a 'soft' and downwardly mobile career.
A tampon is introduced downwardly into the sheath so that one end of the tampon is immersed in the mixture at the bottom of the sheath.
Women were twice as likely to be downwardly mobile but generally avoided the depression and poor psychological wellbeing experienced by men in the same situation.
But this portrayal of Kansas evangelicals backing nonsense against their own interests ignores the fact that evangelical churches around the country offer not only a sense of religious righteousness to their downwardly mobile members but also much needed services such as low priced meals, "career ministries" for the unemployed, childcare, English lessons for immigrants, and after-school programs.
He bade Brasilia farewell in January 2003, leaving the country deep in debt--at nearly 60% of GDP--highly taxed, and downwardly mobile.
The field of sprouting green turf comes up faster and faster, filling the windshield of the downwardly hurtling Bell Jetranger to the point where I can begin to distinguish the individual blades of grass.
4% from the downwardly revised November record of $930 billion (originally $934 billion).
DOWNWARDLY MOBILE: Orange's picture messaging ads haven't succeeded
Any organization or group that produces an explicit or implicit charter for a new organization; may be downwardly dispersed to a single person.