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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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The circumvallation formed a double enclosure, the inner side of which was, in fact, two feet or three feet distant from the other, and connected by a concentric range of long flat stones, thus forming a series of concentric rings or stories of various heights, rising to the top of the tower.
New Delhi: India on Wednesday cheered the appointment of Satya Nadella as the new chief executive of Microsoft, the latest example of an Indian-born exec rising to the top of the US corporate world.
RISING TO THE TOP Lauren Beales is now ranked number two under-13 60 metre hurdler in the UK
MOST European leagues are beginning to take shape with the big guns rising to the top of the table but things are far from clear cut in the Italian top flight, writes Mark Langdon.
Hydref has been strutting his stuff at Ysgol San Sior in Llandudno after rising to the top of the pecking order in the coop.
As the ReMix campaign was growing in Milwaukee, the national partners began searching for a fourth city to participate in the campaign, with Portland, Ore., rising to the top of the list.
Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga is the biography of a tall, lanky kid you learned to ride in competitive horse races on the "leak-roof", dirt track, racing circuits, eventually rising to the top ranks of North American jockeys racing on the most prestigious courses in the country.
Among them are "Challenged But Not Disabled" (February 1998), "Taking the 'Dis' Out of Disability" (Motivation, March 2002), "Blind Ambition" (Motivation, October 2003), and "Rising to the Top" (Motivation, November 2004).
"If sulfur dioxide [which escapes from magma at shallow depths] levels shoot up at the surface, that could mean magma is rising to the top," says Edmonds.
Sometimes, a few small bubbles would circle around in his flasks instead of rising to the top. "I was worried because I couldn't explain what I was seeing," recalls Tufaile, now a physicist at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
A re-recording of her smash hit Total Eclipse of the Heart, which has the Skewen-born star teaming up with singer Kareen Antonn, entered the charts at number 25 before rising to the top spot this week.
"This building kept rising to the top' as being the building that best met HIP's needs," said Given.
Whitehurst told current FBI Director Robert Mueller that Harp's case illustrates a "perverse culture" at the Bureau: "The wrongdoers keep rising to the top. Meanwhile, those who refuse to look the other way face a dead-end in their careers