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Does "to be on the rise" have any other meaning besides "to start", "to begin" and "to be getting momentum"?

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A different shade of meaning than 'gaining momentum' would be improving, advancing or gaining in some desirable trait. "My fortune is on the rise" -> my situation is improving. "His star was on the rise" -> he was becoming more famous.
I don't associate it with "starting" or "beginning", though.

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I never really thought of it as a metaphor for beginning - rather, it is simply a statement that your fortunes (or those of the subject) are improving.

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'to be on the rise' is a phrase for indicating progress, particularly in a way that catches attention and evokes admiration or jealousy or other emotions.

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protected by RegDwigнt Aug 21 '12 at 12:51

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