Meaning of work one's way up in English:

work one's way up


  • Progress towards something better or ascend a series of ranks through hard work.

    ‘she worked her way up to become a vice president’
    • ‘He worked his way up from being employed as a trainee to a manager's position.’
    • ‘She worked her way up in the family company from tea-girl, to sales desk, to sales director, and then to managing director.’
    • ‘There were some sharp people I worked with in restaurant and retail jobs, but they were in school, or worked their way up the management chain quickly.’
    • ‘I started by working in the summer, cleaning tools and sweeping floors, before working my way up to a supervisor's position.’
    • ‘We are having to start up the club from the bottom and work our way up.’