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rise from the ranks

To reach a prominent position after serving in subordinate ones. The employees trust Stu as their manager because they know that he rose from the ranks from the same entry-level position that they have now. The only way you'll rise from the ranks here is by putting in enough time and hard work.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rise from the ranks

Fig. to achieve position or office, having worked up from the masses. He rose from the ranks to become president of the company. Most of the officers of the company have risen from the ranks.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

risen from/through the ranks

A self-made man or woman; those who have worked their way to the top. Originally this term described an officer who had worked his way up from the rank of private, a rare achievement. John Ruskin used it figuratively in an 1853 letter: “Mr. Beveridge . . . rose from the ranks—as Jephson did.” See also rags to riches; rank and file.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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