Definition of social climb in English:

social climb

noun

  • An ascent to a higher social status, especially acceptance in fashionable society.

verb

depreciative
  • no object To attain a higher social status, especially acceptance in fashionable society, frequently by means considered disreputable.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Oakland Tribune. From social + climb, after social climber, social climbing<br>1920s; earliest use found in Decatur (Illinois) Evening Herald. From social + climb, after social climber, social climbing, social climb, social-climbing.

Pronunciation

social climb

/ˌsəʊʃl ˈklʌɪm/