See under vertical mobility(def 1).
Assent vs. Ascent
Homophones: Love them or hate them, they’re everywhere. These two are a great example. They may sound the same, but their meanings couldn’t be any more different. Assent is a word that indicates agreement or approval. Ascent refers to an upward movement. Assent As a verb, assent means to agree or to give in. When used as a verb, it’s often followed by the word …
Words You Didn’t Know Came From Chicago
This midwestern metropolis is cold ... and also responsible for adding some pretty cool words and phrases to our language too. Here are eight words you probably had no idea originated in Chicago.
Origin of upward mobility
First recorded in 1945–50
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(of a person or social group) moving or aspiring to move to a higher social class or to a position of increased status or power
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