the greasy pole


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the greasy pole

The route to advancement in one's place of employment or education, likened to a greased pole that is slippery and difficult to climb. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I know it's been a hard month, but it's just another upward movement on the greasy pole.
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the greasy pole

BRITISH
The greasy pole is used to talk about someone's attempts to reach a more successful position in their career. In 1982 he joined the ruling party, since when he has climbed its greasy pole, becoming finance minister in 1991. Michael's plan was to impress the boss and start up the greasy pole. Note: This expression is often used disapprovingly, especially to suggest that success at work is not of great value. Note: In the past, climbing up or along a greasy pole in order to get a prize at the end of it was a popular fairground competition.
See also: greasy, pole

the greasy pole

used to refer to the difficult route to the top of someone's profession.
The original literal greasy pole was a pole covered with an oily substance to make it more difficult to climb or walk along, used especially as a form of entertainment.
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This would certainly save taxpayers' money, but be a bitter disappointment to those aspiring politicians groping their way up the greasy pole.
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It is all it's ever been about, making themselves popular to claw their way higher up the greasy pole.
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Should some deal eventually be struck, I also trust that he will then get short shrift as/when he comes crawling back when Town may well slip back down the greasy pole.
Of course subsequent generations might slide down the greasy pole.
Oddly as the op expanded up the greasy pole of high society the job got canned."
The other day while having lunch with a couple of friends one of them said to the other about a mutual acquaintance that their friend's ascent up the greasy pole of academic advancement was impressive.
They had lived the 'politics of experience,' and probably had a greater understanding of the net value of worth as they climbed the greasy pole of corporate life.
The gulf in class is that great - and the Klitschko's are not even in the same league as Lennox Lewis, which shows just how far down the greasy pole this match really is.
ISBN 978-0-19-396641-1, Zhu Rongji began his climb up the greasy pole of Chinese politics as the Mayor of Shanghai from 1987 to 1991.
Yes some may claim to come from poor beginnings and have climbed the greasy pole but without real work experience they are pretty useless at anything to do with business.
And, while Adam neglects his pastoral duties in favour of climbing the greasy pole, Colin looks for meaning outside of St Saviour''s, swapping strong lager for other routes to oblivion in order to dabble in the Rastafarian religion.