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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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Kirkland Lake-They say the cream always rises to the top.
An outstanding manager knows all aspects of the industry, and is what Desiree Rogers refers to as a generalist: "The person who rises to the top is a generalist with some expertise in the various disciplines.
At the mid-ocean ridge, molten lava rises to the top of the oceanic crust, Earth's outermost layer of rock in the oceans.
Carbonated drinks are made from water containing flavoring, other ingredients, and carbon dioxide gas; the gas is what makes them "fizzy." Carbon dioxide is much lighter for its size than water, so the carbon dioxide rises to the top of the water where it escapes into the air.
It is said the "cream rises to the top," and so it is here, regarding the piles of paper (and other things) on my desk.
You have to bide your time in this game and remember that the cream always rises to the top.
Dairy producers know cream always rises to the top, which may be why many in California have gotten involved with the California Dairy Quality Assurance (CDQA) Program.
We are trying to get a lot of people to watch." And take away all the trappings of production sets and scripts and at its heart Made In Canada is a satire on corporate climbing, office politics and the sad but true reality that the dumb guy who dotes on the boss rises to the top while the ones with the real brains are still down on the ground shining the bosses shoes.
Water bosses have tapped into pounds 100,000 in bonuses and pounds 160,000 in pay rises to the top four for pulling the plug on 2,500 workers.