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.
He says it didn't follow the footsteps of typical Cinderella stories, where a poor girl climbs the social ladder by marrying a rich guy.
As Nandy explains, "Thanks to democracy, over the years, people in India who were predominantly members of certain castes [or social classes] have moved up the social ladder, in numerical strength and a fair bit of political clout.
They are especially popular in China, where carp swimming against the tide symbolizes the idea of perseverance leading to riches -- rather like people climbing the social ladder, said Yutaka Suga, professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at Tokyo University.
There is no dearth of law breakers, who thrive in an unholy nexus with a section of people belonging to the upper rung of the social ladder.
WREXHAM and Conwy are two of the worst places to be born hard-up if you want to climb the social ladder, according to a new report.
The court has ruled that marriage cannot be a business or a way of climbing up the social ladder (through big payouts)," he told Radio 24 on Thursday.
But Commons Education Committee chair Neil Carmichael stressed there was "no compelling evidence" that selective grammars help disadvantaged pupils move up the social ladder.
As Rooney's substance abuse intensifies, he engages in ever riskier behavior, descending rapidly down the social ladder until a trans streetwalker provides him with something like redemption.
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.