Definition of rise through or from the ranks in English:
1(Of a private or a noncommissioned officer) receive a commission.
- During the war he rose through the ranks from an officer school cadet to a major in command of a rifle battalion.
- He graduated from West Point in 1917 and rose through the ranks as an infantry officer.
- He stayed with the brigade, rising through the ranks to chief fire officer, until it was disbanded when the works closed in 1982.
1.1Advance in an organization by one’s own efforts: he rose through the ranks to become managing director
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- He joined the airline in the 1980s and steadily rose through the ranks before eventually taking over responsibility for the day-to-day running of the airline.
- The corporation grew rapidly, and she rose through the ranks, becoming the deputy head of the legal department.
- Born in Yorkshire in 1910 she began her political career in the 1940s and rose through the ranks to become Transport Minister.
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