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ladder

noun uk   /ˈlæd.ər/ us    //

ladder noun (EQUIPMENT)

B1 [C] a piece of equipment used for climbing up and down, which consists of two vertical bars or pieces of rope joined to each other by a set of horizontal steps: She was up a ladder, cleaning the window.

ladder noun (SERIES OF STAGES)

C1 [S] a series of increasingly important jobs or stages in a particular type of work or process: Once he started at Paramount in 1967, he moved rapidly up the corporate ladder. a first rung/step on the employment ladder

ladder noun (HOLE)

[C] UK (US run) a long, vertical hole in a pair of tights or a stocking

ladder noun (COMPETITION)

[C] mainly UK (also ladder tournament) (in particular sports) a system in which all the players who play regularly are given a position in a list and can improve their position by beating other players in that list: a squash ladder

ladder

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈlæd.ər/ us    // UK
If a pair of tights or a stocking ladder or if you ladder them, a long hole appears in them: Damn! That's the second pair of tights I've laddered today!
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