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upwardly (or downwardly) mobile

Definition of upwardly or downwardly mobile in English:

Moving to a higher (or lower) social class; acquiring (or losing) wealth and status: the old middle class lost ground to upwardly mobile immigrant groups
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  • It's two decades since the great council house sale in the UK but my parents, upwardly mobile working class, bought a house in 1955.
  • Puritan, and Parliamentary, ideas were most popular among the upwardly mobile commercial middle classes.
  • It seems that upwardly mobile social climbers find the snob appeal of double-barrelled names irresistible.
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