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social ladder


the hierarchical structure of a society; also called [social scale]'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • In ancient times, a slave was born at the bottom of the social ladder, and he remained there all his life.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
  • He is at the foot, while you are at the summit, of the social ladder.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • Cool and calculating, ambitious and heartless, Henry determines to climb the social ladder by every means in his power.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • It takes too many years to climb even a step in the social ladder.

    Anna the Adventuress E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Political loyalty, however, can still override all other considerations and propel a person up the social ladder.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • If you have no unemployed at the top of the social ladder you will have none at the bottom.

    British Socialism J. Ellis Barker
  • At the bottom of our social ladder is a dirty shirt; at the top is fixed not laurels, but a tub!

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • I will climb to the highest step of the social ladder, and there I'll feel content.

    Faithful Margaret Annie Ashmore
  • These women regard their infatuated lovers merely as steps in the social ladder, and he had failed to appreciably advance her.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome

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