kick upstairs

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kick upstairs

Promote someone to a higher but less desirable position, especially one with less authority. For example, Paul never forgave the company for kicking him upstairs at age 55. This expression alludes to its antonym, kick downstairs, simply meaning "eject." [Mid-1900s]
See also: kick, upstairs

kick upstairs

Slang
To promote to a higher yet less desirable position.
See also: kick, upstairs