move up

Also, move up in the world. Advance, rise to a higher level, succeed, as in Gene hoped he would move up in the new division, or That new house and car show they are moving up in the world. Also see come up, def. 4.

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How to use move up in a sentence

  • Butler was to move up the James and seize Richmond, or cut the railroads south of the Appomattox.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • It was arranged, in hope if not in confidence, to move up on the first signs of improvement.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
  • Some of the girls began to move up and down, practicing physical culture exercises and beating their hands together.

  • The 15th was fixed upon for the grand assault, and the entire fleet had orders to move up and bombard at an early hour.

    The Hero of Manila | Rossiter Johnson
  • But the middle of September had come and gone before General Sibley felt ready to move up the river.

    Mary and I | Stephen Return Riggs