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
More example sentences
- 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.