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upwardly mobile

Ascending or having the ability to ascend in social rank, esteem, or class. I was worried that Janet's wealthy parents would think I wasn't upwardly mobile enough to go out with their daughter. It wasn't until I received my uncle's large inheritance that I became in any way upwardly mobile.
See also: mobile

upwardly mobile

If someone is upwardly mobile, they are moving to a higher social position. The Party has been unable to attract upwardly mobile voters. Note: You can describe people who are moving to a lower social position as downwardly mobile. I'm the only downwardly mobile one. My brother's a barrister, and my sister is a barrister who married a High Court judge.
See also: mobile
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TREES: upwardly mobile members of the plant world; the tallest, largest, longest-living green plants.
Do most residents of the European Community look to their senior military commanders as models of citizenship or of upwardly mobile success?
Esposito deplores the lack of attention by the American media to the fact that most "fundamentalists" are young, ambitious, upwardly mobile immigrants to the larger cities of the Islamic world who have capped a traditional upbringing in their native villages with university training in such "modern" fields as medicine, science or engineering.
Others, perhaps more apropos to the next generation of upwardly mobile career women, include, "We should start a business," and, "I'm studying to be a doctor.
If you're a Young Upwardly Mobile Professional (Yuppie), Black Upwardly Mobile Professional (Buppie) or a Jewish-American Princess (JAP), can you really identify with the starving children in the Sudan?
com/research/t9jvlw/chinas) has announced the addition of the "China's Advertising Sweet Spot: Targeting Young, Upwardly Mobile Consumers with Digital Media" report to their offering.
The 50 points earned for the Category One success has seen him open up an 81-point gap over closest pursuer Liz McNair in the battle for a top six finish, even though she was upwardly mobile after taking first and third in the British Bred Derby final courtesy of King Elvis and King Turbo.
6million he is a fantasy bargain, and you should be bringing him in ahead of a more gentle run of fixtures for the upwardly mobile Eagles.
The upwardly mobile Black Cats are in the process of their biggest overhaul for nearly a decade, having already signed four players while completely altering the structure of their recruitment and scouting departments.
It was being unveiled by Mr Brown as part of what he was to identify as "the great test of our time - to build a fairer, more prosperous and upwardly mobile Britain".
it nevertheless allows upwardly mobile companies to rub shoulders in the City with high-powered PLCs - allowing them to enjoy the market-opening opportunities that basking in their reflected glory brings, without being beholden to shareholders in quite the same fashion.
UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins said: "It's good to see these universities putting on a competition for our upwardly mobile young athletes.
Friday's goalless draw at table-toppers Tranmere made it ten points from the last four games, seeing the upwardly mobile Bescot boys with the play-off zone in their sights.
I CAN only assume that the decision to close the main post office in Coventry city centre and move its operations into the W H Smiths store was made by a group of upwardly mobile, Blackberry-wielding, net-surfing, bluetooth types, who do everything online and have never actually used a post office.
A study that spanned more than 70 years found breastfed babies were more likely to be upwardly mobile.