rise through the ranks

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Definition of rise through the ranks

: to begin a career (with a company or institution) with little power or authority and gradually gain more power and authority She rose through the ranks of the company to become president.

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“Rise through the ranks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rise%20through%20the%20ranks. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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