the hierarchical structure of a society; also called [social scale]
With couples dating and marrying up and down the social ladder, new questions arise.
In ancient times, a slave was born at the bottom of the social ladder, and he remained there all his life.
He is at the foot, while you are at the summit, of the social ladder.
Cool and calculating, ambitious and heartless, Henry determines to climb the social ladder by every means in his power.
It takes too many years to climb even a step in the social ladder.
Political loyalty, however, can still override all other considerations and propel a person up the social ladder.
If you have no unemployed at the top of the social ladder you will have none at the bottom.
At the bottom of our social ladder is a dirty shirt; at the top is fixed not laurels, but a tub!
I will climb to the highest step of the social ladder, and there I'll feel content.
These women regard their infatuated lovers merely as steps in the social ladder, and he had failed to appreciably advance her.