go from rags to riches

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go from rags to riches

To rise from poverty to great or exceptional wealth. My uncle has truly gone from rags to riches. He grew up without a penny, but through sheer determination, he founded his own company and is now one of the wealthiest men in the state.
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Sleeping Beauty is under a spell at the Waterfront while Cinderella goes from rags to riches at the Grand Opera House.
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With his vision, perseverance and dedication to his aim, he becomes a business tycoon who goes from rags to riches.