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kick (one) upstairs

To promote one to a higher role or position in a company that has little actual responsibility or authority. They kicked John upstairs to an assistant manager position so he would stop griping about his pay.
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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]
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kick someone upstairs

BRITISH
If you kick someone upstairs, you give them a job or position which seems to have a higher status but actually has less power, in order to reduce their influence. Peter Greenall becomes managing director succeeding Andrew Thomas, who is kicked upstairs to become deputy chairman. The radicals kicked him upstairs to the then ceremonial job of president.
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kick someone upstairs

remove someone from an influential position in a business by giving them an ostensible promotion. informal
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ˌkick somebody upˈstairs

(informal) move somebody to a job that seems to be more important but which actually has less power or influence: They couldn’t sack him, so they kicked him upstairs onto the board of directors, where he could do less damage.
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kick upstairs

Slang
To promote to a higher yet less desirable position.
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Joseph Martos of Spalding University used to contribute to This Space "before Michael Farrell got kicked upstairs.
Last night Hutton was kicked upstairs with the title editor-in-chief.
Lord Hope, the Lord Justice General, was not impressed and paid the penalty, some say, by being kicked upstairs to the House of Lords.
Sacked by Aston Villa, and kicked upstairs by Coventry before they eventually parted company, Ron is now pushing 59.
Richardson does not want to embarrass Big Ron, 59, but Coventry cannot afford the wages of the man who was kicked upstairs as "director of football" when Strachan took over in November.
Rookie boss Gordon Strachan, promoted from assistant manager when Ron Atkinson was kicked upstairs in November, finds himself cast in the role of captain of a sinking ship.
Big Ron spent nearly pounds 20million in as many months recruiting new players before being kicked upstairs when Coventry hit rock-bottom in November.
Promoted when Ron Atkinson was kicked upstairs four months ago, Strachan was beaten by Fergie in January.
Atkinson has been kicked upstairs - as exclusively revealed in Mirror Sport yesterday - but he will turn his back on pounds 250,000-a-year as Coventry's director of football in favour of a return to management next May.