kick upstairs

kick upstairs
phrasal to promote to a higher but less desirable position

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • kick upstairs — ► kick upstairs informal remove (someone) from an influential position by giving them an ostensible promotion. Main Entry: ↑kick …   English terms dictionary

  • kick upstairs — verb give a promotion to or assign to a higher position John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired Women tend not to advance in the major law firms I got promoted after many years of hard work • Syn: ↑promote, ↑upgrade, ↑advance,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • kick upstairs — kick (someone) upstairs to give someone a new job which seems more powerful but is really less powerful, usually in order to stop them causing trouble for you. Brown is being kicked upstairs to become chairman of the new company …   New idioms dictionary

  • kick upstairs — Synonyms and related words: advance, aggrandize, boot, bounce, break, bump, bust, can, cashier, deconsecrate, defrock, degrade, demote, deplume, depose, deprive, dethrone, disbar, discharge, discrown, disemploy, disenthrone, dismiss, displace,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • kick upstairs — verb To promote (an employee considered troublesome) to a position of lesser influence, but of apparently higher status …   Wiktionary

  • kick upstairs — v. (Slang) give a promotion to; promote to a higher but less desirable position …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kick upstairs — idi to promote to a higher but less influential position …   From formal English to slang

  • kick upstairs —  Promote to a position which has more status but less influence …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • kick upstairs (to) — / push upstairs (to)  Promote out of the way.  ► “Some observers saw the Keshner move as a ‘kick upstairs’ that removed him from power.” (Investment Dealers Digest, June 27, 1994, p. 5) …   American business jargon

  • kick — ► VERB 1) strike or propel forcibly with the foot. 2) strike out with the foot or feet. 3) informal succeed in giving up (a habit or addiction). 4) (of a gun) recoil when fired. ► NOUN 1) an instance of kicking. 2) infor …   English terms dictionary

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