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English definition of “social climber”

social climber

noun [C] uk   disapproving us  
someone who tries to improve their social position by being very friendly to people from a higher social classClass and class-consciousness in generalWealthiness and wealthyPoverty and poor
social climbing
noun [U] uk   us  
He's a shallow, social-climbing man who married his wife for her money.
(Definition of social climber from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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