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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