social climber

noun
a person who attempts to gain admission into a group with a higher social standing.

Origin:
1920–25

social climbing, noun
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social climber
 
n
Sometimes shortened to: climber a person who seeks advancement to a higher social class, esp by obsequious behaviour
 
social climbing
 
n

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Example sentences
She loved parties, and any fashion designer has to become a relentless social climber.
Now instead of a rich and thin social climber, she's a poor and dumpy social climber.
She falls for the charms of one of them, only to learn he is a cruel social climber.
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