social climber

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social climber

n.
One who strives for acceptance in fashionable society.

social climber

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

so′cial climb′er


n.
a person who attempts to gain a higher social standing.
[1920–25]
so′cial climb′ing, n.

social climber

A person who tries to gain acceptance to a social stratum above the one he or she currently occupies.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.social climber - someone seeking social prominence by obsequious behavior
lion-hunter - someone who tries to attract social lions as guests
arriviste, nouveau-riche, parvenu, upstart - a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
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"My dear Conde de Makati, would you please inform me why people in socalled society are so deprecatory about persons whom they judge as social climbers? (My dear Carling, I do think it would come as a surprise to you if I told you that many of them heaven knows, are still social climbing and probably because they are not convinced they truly belong and that they have really 'made it.' Those, on the other hand, who are more confident about their position in society, simply want to make it more difficult for those who are just beginning to climb.
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