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glass ceilingnoun [C]

 /ɡlæs ˈsi·lɪŋ/
a ​limit that is ​unofficial but ​understood which ​prevents someone, esp. a woman, from ​advancing to a ​topposition in a ​company or ​organization: The ​fact that no woman has ​managed one of the ​branchoffices is ​prettystrongevidence of a glass ceiling.
(Definition of glass ceiling from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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glass ceilingnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
a ​point after which you cannot go any ​further, usually in ​improvingyourposition at ​work: Various ​reasons are given for the ​apparentglassceiling women ​hit in many ​professions.
(Definition of glass ceiling from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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glass ceilingnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   HR, WORKPLACE
something that prevents someone from getting a more important ​position in their ​organization: Women have made scant ​progress in breaking through the glass ​ceiling to ​reachtopcorporateexecutive and ​boardroompositions. Few ​people who hit the glass ​ceiling are inclined to go through the ​additional pain of a ​complaint to the ​government.
(Definition of glass ceiling from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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