from rags to riches


: from a state of having very little money to a state of having a lot of money
She went from rags to riches overnight.

Examples of from rags to riches in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Florida resident Abraham Shakespeare went from rags to riches after winning $30 million in the lottery in 2006. Allie Weintraub, ABC News, 19 Jan. 2023 Tiffany Haddish's The Last Black Unicorn is a laugh-out-loud funny memoir that details the actress and comedian's rise from rags to riches. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 Ever since his storyline took him from rags to riches in August, Happy Corbin hadn't lost a match. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2022 Montañez made it, from rags to riches, from factory floor to corporate suite. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 The business leader and philanthropist's life story is literally one of going from rags to riches. The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2021 Lobster went from rags to riches in American culinary history. J.q. Louise, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Iannucci, who directed, takes advantage of the episodic structure of Copperfield's rise from rags to riches, laying out a relay race's worth of supporting characters who are played by gifted actors such as Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Benedict Wong and Gwendoline Christie. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 27 Aug. 2020

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