One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the working-class boy who made good’
succeed, achieve success, be successful, be a success, do well, get ahead, reach the top, become famous, achieve recognition, distinguish oneself, set the world on fire
prosper, flourish, thrive, advance
British set the Thames on fire
informal make it, make the grade, cut it, crack it, make a name for oneself, make one's mark, get somewhere, arrive, do all right for oneself, bring home the bacon, find a place in the sun
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