rise through the ranks
Also, rise from the ranks; come up through the ranks. Work one's way to the top, as in He's risen through the ranks, starting as a copyboy and ending up as senior editor. Originally this term was used for an officer who had worked his way up from the rank of private, a rare feat. It was being applied to nonmilitary advances by the mid-1800s. Also see come up, def. 4.
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Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
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Before Ripperda could unclasp his lips to reply, the stranger had opened the door, and passed through it like a gliding shadow.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
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This city stands upon almost two equal parts on each side the river that passes through.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Nothing remarkable occurred in our march through this country.
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills