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
The pilot had earlier called air-traffic control reporting heavy clouds and asked to move up to 38,000 feet from 32,000 feet.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370 | Lennox Samuels | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the interest of balanced journalism, I move up one car to experience a fresh landscape.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway | Kevin Zawacki | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He cited a tax study that showed New York was 48th out of 50 states in its tax burden, a move up two slots from the bottom spot.
Now seventh place Atlanta would move up to sixth place and Phoenix to 8th.Forget What the Pundits Tell You, Coastal Cities are Old News - it’s the Sunbelt that’s Booming | Joel Kotkin | March 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If states move up and hold their primaries outside the rules, they will face significant penalities if these proposals are passed.
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.Molly Brown's Sophomore Days | Nell Speed
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