come up in the world(redirected from have come up in the world)
come up in the world
To be increasingly successful, especially by advancing one's social status or financial situation from where it stood before. You will always reap the rewards of hard work, but you can truly come up in the world by making connections and knowing the right people. After college, Lauren came up quickly in the world of medicine.
come up in the worldOLD-FASHIONED
If someone has come up in the world, they are richer or more powerful than they used to be and have a higher social status. A polite and pleasant young man, he was said to have been an ordinary worker who had come up in the world. Note: You can also say that someone has gone up in the world or moved up in the world. This was the rich man's end of town; Jerrold must have gone up in the world to live here.