(climb/move) up the ladder


1. move up through a company's employment hierarchy






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climb/move up the ladder in work

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To climb or move up the ladder means to advance in some way through an established system. You might 'climb up the ladder' of a company or organisation, meaning to progress through the ranks to move higher and higher in position. "I hope this night course will help me move up the ladder at work." - in this sentence the speaker is hoping the course they are doing might earn them a promotion. This is an idiomatic expression used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. Employees will often sacrifice their social lives in order to climb the corporate ladder.
  2. The ambitious young graduate vowed to move up the ladder and become CEO one day.

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  1. I didn't have any formal training for this job. I started at the bottom and moved up the ladder.
  2. I hope to climb up the ladder in this organisation and become chairperson in a year or two.

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