Main meanings of social climb in English

: social climb1social climb2

social climb1

Pronunciation /ˌsəʊʃl ˈklʌɪm/

noun

  • An ascent to a higher social status, especially acceptance in fashionable society.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Oakland Tribune. From social + climb, after social climber, social climbing.

Main meanings of social climb in English

: social climb1social climb2

social climb2

Pronunciation /ˌsəʊʃl ˈklʌɪm/

verb

derogatory
  • To attain a higher social status, especially acceptance in fashionable society, frequently by means considered disreputable.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Decatur (Illinois) Evening Herald. From social + climb, after social climber, social climbing, social climb, social-climbing.