One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Remove someone from an influential position in a business by giving them an ostensible promotion.
- ‘In March, he was kicked upstairs to head the World Bank.’
- ‘Stop waiting for your supervisor to kick you upstairs.’
- ‘If they can't get on, the prime minister has to sack his chancellor, make him foreign secretary, kick him upstairs to the Lords as lord chancellor or see his Cabinet disintegrate.’
- ‘Gromyko had been one of Gorbachev's supporters and he was kicked upstairs to become head of state.’
- ‘Although this varies by organization, the front-line people are often all too eager to kick you upstairs.’
- ‘Thousands of letters and telegrams from small businessmen, farmers and labor leaders urged him to resist all attempts to kick him upstairs.’
- ‘Clifford removed General William Westmoreland as Vietnam commander, kicking him upstairs to become Army chief of staff and replacing him with General Creighton Abrams.’
- ‘I wonder how many of CCSD's top administrators were appointed in order to kick them upstairs.’
- ‘As part of the deal, he would have become chairman (but not CEO) - which was simply a way to kick him upstairs.’
- ‘But Republican Party bosses, fearful of his independence, managed to kick him upstairs to the vice presidency.’
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