the social ladder

the social ladder

The hierarchical structure or makeup of a culture, society, or social environment. Miss Dumfey hopes to improve her standing on the social ladder with a marriage to the baron. It's always hard for high school freshmen to find their place on the social ladder. Mary's had a chip on her shoulder from being raised in a trailer park, so climbing the social ladder has been her only aim since leaving home.
See also: ladder, social
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The higher a man stands on the social ladder, the more people he is connected with and the more power he has over others, the more evident is the predestination and inevitability of his every action.
Ascending another step on the social ladder, she took her stand on the platform of patronage, and charitably looked down on me as an object of pity.
Stepan Arkadyevitch was on familiar terms with almost all his acquaintances, and called almost all of them by their Christian names: old men of sixty, boys of twenty, actors, ministers, merchants, and adjutant-generals, so that many of his intimate chums were to be found at the extreme ends of the social ladder, and would have been very much surprised to learn that they had, through the medium of Oblonsky, something in common.
Every one, from the highest to the lowest degree, has his place on the social ladder, and is beset by stormy passions and conflicting interests, as in Descartes' theory of pressure and impulsion.
He added that he had always been afraid to propose anything of the sort, because Clara would make an awful row about a step that must damage her matrimonial chances, and his mother could not be expected to like it after clinging for so many years to that step of the social ladder on which retail trade is impossible.
But who can say for sure that they too couldn't end up on that lonely bottom rung of the social ladder if dealt a enough blows in life?
IT stands out a mile that all these councillors, whether they are in Coventry or Birmingham, have got thoughts in their minds of raising themselves up the social ladder.
In a rush to reach to the top wrung of the social ladder, they make rash decisions and end up depressed and disappointed.
Over the past four decades the experience of upward mobility has become less common, and going down the social ladder has become more common.
For others, it is to climb the social ladder and find the spotlight.
A young person on the other side of the social ladder would look longingly at the shine on the bonnet of a new car that flashes in his Instagram's page.
The new glass-and-steel terminal represented a "transformation" in the Brazilian population, more and more of whom are now able to afford flying as a travel option, highlighting that 46 million Brazilians have moved up the social ladder.
Chip's father, though, has plans for climbing the social ladder, and after the death of his older son, he needs Chip's cooperation to make this happen.
Personal and public crises beset the family as they climb the social ladder through three generations, in this thought-provoking and extraordinarily human drama.
While Pellow is the big name in the show, Portuguese-born Madelena Alberto gives a memorable performance as Eva Peron, the attractive young girl who sleeps her way up the social ladder, becomes an actress and marries Juan Peron, convincing the army officer she can help his rise to power.