social ladder• Elliott and Nancy were next on thirtysomething's social ladder.• The effect of the closures is being felt all the way down the social ladder.• Those at the bottom of the social ladder have already been hit so hard that they have no money at all.• It is a contradiction which thousands happily go along with because they are keen to advance up the social ladder.• His ever-so-proper role as financialconsultant to the Duchess of York marked the pinnacle of his climb up the social ladder.
ladder2 verb [intransitiveI, transitiveT]
British EnglishBrETEAR if stockings or tights ladder, or if you ladder them, a long thin hole is made in them because some stitches have broken(使)〔裤袜等〕抽丝SYN American English run► see thesaurus at tear
1piece of equipment for climbing up sth梯子ADJECTIVE | VERB + LADDER | PREPOSITION | PHRASESADJECTIVE➤rickety快要散架的梯子➤metal, wooden金屬梯；木梯➤long, tall長梯；高梯子▸➤loft, rope閣樓爬梯；繩梯➤fire-escape太平梯VERB + LADDER➤ascend, clamber up, climb, climb up, go up, mount, scale爬（上）梯子；費力地爬上梯子；攀登梯子◇He went up the ladder onto the deck. 他沿着梯子上了甲板。➤come down, descend, go down沿梯而下；下梯子▸➤put up支起梯子◇We put up the ladder against the wall. 我們把梯子靠牆支起來。➤fall off從梯子上掉下PREPOSITION➤on a/the ladder, up a/the ladder在梯子上◇She was up a ladder fixing the roof. 她在梯子上修理房頂。➤down a/the ladder在梯子下端◇I was standing lower down the ladder. 我正站在梯子下端。➤ladder to通往⋯的梯子◇the ladder to the gallery 通往樓座的梯子PHRASES➤the bottom of a ladder, the foot of a ladder, the top of a ladder梯子底部；梯子頂部▸➤a rung of a ladder, a step of a ladder梯級◇Several of the ladder's rungs were broken. 這架梯子有好幾根橫檔斷了。ladder