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Ascending or having the ability to ascend in social rank, esteem, or class. I was worried that Janet's wealthy parents would think I wasn't upwardly mobile enough to go out with their daughter. It wasn't until I received my uncle's large inheritance that I became in any way upwardly mobile.
Descending or having the ability to descend in social rank, esteem, or class. If we lose all our savings, we'll become downwardly mobile.
If someone is upwardly mobile, they are moving to a higher social position. The Party has been unable to attract upwardly mobile voters. Note: You can describe people who are moving to a lower social position as downwardly mobile. I'm the only downwardly mobile one. My brother's a barrister, and my sister is a barrister who married a High Court judge.
downwardly (or upwardly) mobilemoving to a lower (or higher) social position; losing (or gaining) wealth and status.
n. a full-sized, uninteresting car; a family car. My father always buys some kind of stupid nerd mobile.