social climber


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social climber

A person who tries to elevate their social status, often through the calculated use of friendships and relationships. Based on his circle of friends, it's obvious that he is nothing more than a social climber.
See also: social
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So, why are you so hard on the socalled social climbers? (It's the only way I know how to say Climb Down Manthere's nothing up there but air pollution).
"I think he's as much a social climber as we all are, "he offers.
On 25 May 1955, he and his fellow climber, Joe Brown, made the final part of the ascent of the 8,586-metre holy mountain (they never actually set foot on the summit--find out why in Stephen Venables' profile, Social climber, on p48).
Sam Sheppard killed his wife and deserved the guilty verdict of his 1954 "trial of the century." But in his Random House book, The Wrong Man, Neff, investigations editor for The Seattle Times, presents the strongest case yet that Marilyn Sheppard was actually killed by a window washer turned social climber named Richard Eberling.
Spiritual backpacker, tireless social climber, temporary hermit and failed ambassador, he braved brigands, blisters and his own prejudices.
Everyone--from a small-town social climber (Dan Aykroyd), to an icy agent (Thomas Gibson of Dharma and Greg and Arcand's own Love and Human Remains), to a pretentious photographer (Charles Berling), to a hypocritical diplomat (Frank Langella echoing his role in the Lolita remake)--has a shtick.
in Foster 128), it revealed what Halttunen describes as a deep-rooted fear of many middle-class Ame ricans that any "vulgar boor" could suddenly "rip the fragile mask of the manner from the genteel performer and expose the would-be social climber in all his or her own underlying vulgarity" (116).
For three hours we watch Stanley destroy his life and the lives of others, leaving a devoted and delightful wife, Hilda (Deborah Findlay), so he can marry Patricia (Anna Chancellor), a lesbian social climber who also hangs on to her long-suffering lover, Dorothy (Selina Cadell).
Bourgeois Gentleman, The Comedy in five acts by Moliere, gently satirizing the pretensions of the social climber whose affectations are absurd to everyone but himself.
The flip side of this is the social climber, who drops you like a hot potato the minute someone with more clout comes along.
She's won many friends here with her beaming smile and willingness to engage with the public, so it's a shock to hear her own dad portray her as a ruthless social climber.
The Street's number one social climber had revelled in her role as mayor, but sadly had to resign after she innocently handed over PS40,000 of council money to con artist Duncan.
Wallis: The Queen That Never Was C5, 9pm She was the woman behind the biggest royal crisis of the 20th century, which saw her branded as a gold-digging social climber who set out to steal a king.
As Richard Bucket, Clive Swift played the long-suffering husband of Britain's biggest social climber, Hyacinth.
The 1m11/2f handicap (4.15) could be between Beechmount Whisper and Social Climber, while Kodiac's Back can follow up his Limerick win in the 1m handicap (4.45), with Sofi's Spirit a threat.