to move up in the world

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - move up in the world

"to move up in the world"

to have more money or a better social position than you had before


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - move up in the world

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I bumped into Nancy the other day.

Colleague 2: I haven't seen her in years. How is she doing?

Colleague 1: She is the vice-president of sales over at ABC Company.

Colleague 2: Wow! Nancy is really moving up in the world.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - move up in the world

A father and son are talking ...

Father: What colleges have you applied to?

Son: None. I don't want to go to college. The manager of the grocery store said that my part-time job will become full-time after I graduate high school.

Father: But don't you want to move up in the world? Wouldn't you like to own a nice car and live in a big house and take luxury vacations?

Son: Whatever.

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to move up in the world - Gerund Form:

Moving up in the world is part of the American Dream.

to move up in the world - Examples:

1)  I agree that everyone has to pay their dues before moving up in the world, ...

2)  Talk about moving up in the world. The 51-year-old comedian - who rose to fame playing ...

3)  ... and to arbitrate between family members. Sister Carol was estranged from the family after moving up in the world to Didsbury, and it becomes clear that the snobbery over ...

4)  ... supposed to do when the restaurant waiter, or the sommelier if you're moving up in the world, pours you a taste?

5)  I've never seen her at a prestigious book signing so the town is obviously moving up in the world.

6)  The New York boys really are moving up in the world with their heroin dealing also. 

7)  So this is exciting, I'm slowly but steadily moving up in the world I have officially started up my own blog.

8)  Hooray now I know a politician. I'm moving up in the world

9)  The first one's for you. Seems you're moving up in the world, you've been requested by Division.

10)  I think she sees herself as a politician, as moving up in the world, and I think she's propped up by other people ...

11)  ... conquering power, the girls had no peers and few friends. They married Englishmen moving up in the world, ...

12)  It annoys me greatly how they move up in the world by stepping on others.

13)  ... also always a higher class of person to aspire to. The opportunities to move up in the world need to exist of course but catering to the lowest common ...

14)  ... treated a little different out there now because I'm seeking higher education to move up in the world.

15)  Your food is supposed to get lighter as you move up in the world.

16)  ... get an an education, and build a business/pursue a profession/join a trade/etc can move up in the world

17)  So one thing I understood is that education is the key that allows people to move up in the world, seek better jobs, and ultimately succeed fully in life.

18)  ... it impossible for your working class neighbour on $14/hr in the next street along to move up in the world.

19)  However, she's doing what she needs to do in order to move up in the world and secure her future.

20)  ... apartment with two kids and he's widowed that he will never be able to move up in the world and give his kids what he wants.