Definition of (from) rags to riches in English:

(from) rags to riches

phrase

  • Used to describe a person's rise from a state of extreme poverty to one of great wealth.

    ‘it was the old rags-to-riches fantasy’
    • ‘The Industrial Revolution had thrown up a new figure in the form of the self-made man: someone who had risen from rags to riches on the basis of sheer hard work and technical competence.’
    • ‘Resembling the plot of one of his own novels, Dickens's life is a tale of rags to riches, complete with bankruptcy, prison, and forced child labour.’
    • ‘At a stretch it's an interesting look into an unusual immigrants story of rags to riches, and the way that money doesn't guarantee you anything - especially happiness.’
    • ‘Despite his resolve to rise from rags to riches, Jim's economic maneuvers - as he explains to Huck - have been dismal failures.’
    • ‘Collins has no truck with the notion that his fledging career has a rags to riches plotline beloved of comic book fantasy.’
    • ‘Here, corruption has become the most effective short cut in the journey from rags to riches.’
    • ‘Most of the platinum stars today started out on the road from rags to riches with their own independent label.’
    • ‘How did he move from rags to riches almost overnight?’
    • ‘His life is often described as a rags to riches story.’
    • ‘The story of the uncompromising short-tempered legendary director is one of rags to riches.’