move up in the world

Meaning(s)

1. advance your position or become more successful

Popularity

High

Professional

High

Social

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He/she is really moving up in the world

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 This use of this expression is not limited to any one facet of somebody's life, it can be used to refer to success in every aspect. For example, you can 'move up in the world' by advancing your social, professional, political, or financial position. For that reason, it is common in both a social and professional context. Two similar expressions are 'get ahead' or 'rise up the ranks.'

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  1. Person A: "Have you seen Lisa's new apartment? It's incredible!" Person B: "I know, she's certainly moved up in the world."
  2. Unconscious bias and the gender pay gap are two major obstacles which prevent women from moving up in the world at the same rate as their male colleagues.

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  1. It seems that John is really moving up in the world. He's just been promoted to upper management.
  2. Alice is determined to move up in the world, that's why she is so focused on networking and making new contacts at the moment.

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