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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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HER ALLEGED SOCIAL CLIMBING " Despite repeated attempts to contact Nick, representatives Octagon refused to comment
Unwind Christmas time man is a beaver Consumed by the festive fever In pursuit of the best Noel ever Some among us slightly differ Try not to think in superlatives Can merely cause all the more tiffs As it approaches the more the tizzy It's a holiday - postpone the busy Give cards and presents nonetheless The object is to avoid the stress Valued verb is shun social climbing It may pay to think of comic timing Slow it all down for studied perusal The break will be a cracker as usual 'Tis the season to be cheery Such is a religious theory Dickens made Christmas popular Tidings straight from the scapula.
Additional classes including social climbing sessions, adult coaching sessions and fitness classes will also be available.
"It smacked of ruthless and rather distasteful social climbing by a woman who was absolutely delighted when they met in my pub," he wrote for (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5749015/PIERS-MORGAN-gives-verdict-ultimate-showbiz-wedding.html) Daily Mail.
The second story takes place in the same town but a century previous, where the local science teacher, Thomas Greenwood, yearns to speak openly of exciting discoveries published by Charles Darwin yet risks the wrath of his employer, his young bride, his social climbing mother-in-law and more if he does.
While her onscreen nasty daughter Nellie Oleson was the character viewers most loved to hate on the NBC series that ran from 1974 to 1983, her cruel, greedy mother Harriet Oleson was just as awful, never missing a chance at small-town social climbing or petty backbiting.
DK, whose favorite sport is social climbing, looks down on DM, who's from the poor side of town.
But delivered not as an affectation designed with the annoying goal of social climbing but as part of projecting an affectation of a front, a style that is part of an overall image - this is something far less odious and can even be entertaining.
Why would anyone want someone who had previously said she would not fit in with the royal family because of her behaviour and that they are driven by "social climbing", there on such a special day?
In this episode, an African Prince is in town and Will decides that befriending him might help with some social climbing.
Now, as he courts Lady Bracknell's daughter Gwendolen Fairfax, he has some explaining (and social climbing) to do.