rise to the top

rise to the top

1. To move up to or toward the uppermost point of something. Fat from the beef will rise to the top in an unappetizing foam, so be sure to skim this off as the stew cooks. As the solution cools, the lighter elements will begin rising to the top.
2. To reach the most prominent position in some group, organization, company, etc. He started in the law firm as a mail clerk, spending his next 20 years rising to the top. She eventually rose to the top in the navy, becoming the first female four-star admiral.
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rise to the top

to move or float to something, such as the top, surface, etc. The cream will rise to the top. The lighter oil rose to the top and we scooped it up and saved it.
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They have wanted their sacer vates, having been too solid to rise to the top by themselves, and not having been largely gifted with the talent of catching hold of, and holding on tight to, whatever good things happened to be going--the foundation of the fortunes of so many noble families.
Defending champions will rise to the top of SportPesa Premier League standings if they beat Western Stima on Wednesday afternoon at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.K'Ogalo have 25 points from 12 matches, three behind leaders Bandari who have played one more match.
Those who play the game are given plum roles and are assured of their rise to the top.
Thingwall Recs recent rise to the top was halted following yet another heavy 6-1 defeat, this time by Netherley.
No popular music collection should be this revealing probe of the band's rise to the top of the charts!
The course, said Aguiar, focuses on Ronaldo's rise to the top of the game and the social and personal repercussions of it.
This period is seen as a window on to the glorious dawn of the modern world and America's rise to the top.
Vibhor Singhal, vice president of IT research at PhillipCapital India, a brokerage, said a key ingredient to their success was the "openness of the US economy in terms of accepting and allowing talent from outside to rise to the top".
The 6ft 8ins 22-year-old stands between the Scot and a place in Sunday's Wimbledon final after a rags to riches rise to the top.
If they are Chinese they will rise to the top. If they are Indian they will rise to the top and if they are Pakistani they will not.
Whitsbury show their shock at the Arc heroine's rise to the top @LucyanneStack Dear Mum, in Tatts, seen loads we like.
And the precocious talent wants to add the Open title and Claret Jug to his prize haul, which would cap an amazing rise to the top in 2011.
Investment fund manager Nicola Horlick, who was branded 'Superwoman' for her ability to juggle her family life yet still rise to the top of her profession, is to give a seminar on Tyneside.
Will any of our predictions make it to the top in the next decade?" This year's guide, detailing the best 50 restaurants in the country, said Ramsay proteges Marcus Wareing, Jason Atherton and Angela Hartnett were "obvious contenders" to rise to the top. Other chefs picked out for possible stardom are Cornwall-based Nathan Outlaw and Marc Wilkinson, who owns Fraiche in Oxton, Merseyside.
Jason Manford's rise to the top has been like a fairytale.