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social climber

noun
1.
a person who attempts to gain admission into a group with a higher social standing.
Origin of social climber
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25
Related forms
social climbing, noun
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Examples from the Web for social climber
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  • Her employer—her social climber—her dbutante—in jail after a raid on a prize-fight!

    Good References E. J. Rath
  • Many an ambitious politician or social climber finds it profitable to become a patron of some supposedly deserving charity.

    Defenseless America Hudson Maxim
  • In London he was a social climber, in spite of his gold; here he was a sole autocrat of the camp.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • "The only thing I've got against Mrs. Jackson is she's a social climber," Perkins broke in.

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge
  • "social climber," Rosamond ticketed her with a calm that made Patricia wince.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • When the cheap jack or the social climber dies, he may like it, but not the gentleman or lady.

British Dictionary definitions for social climber

social climber

noun
1.
a person who seeks advancement to a higher social class, esp by obsequious behaviour Sometimes shortened to climber
Derived Forms
social climbing, noun
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