Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

rise through (sth)

rise throughrise through something
Meaning(s)
1) succeed in surviving or dealing with something difficult, continue to make positive progress
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • rise through the ranks/hardships/adversity
  • Analysis

    To 'rise through' means to rise up in rank or level over time. You are more likely to come across the idiom 'rise through the ranks' meaning to move upwards particularly within a company or institution.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Emily is a very conscientious and skilled employee. It won't be long before we see her rising through the ranks of the company.
    2. In times of economic instability, we need to ensure that we are a robust, forward-thinking organization capable of finding a way to rise through hardships.
    3. Matt rose through adversity to become the youngest partner in the firm's history. He's an example of what can be achieved if you set your mind to it.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I rose through the ranks in my local council and am now standing for election in local government.
    2. Some community organisations can be very insular and it could be a long time before you rise through the ranks to be in a position to make any difference.
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