A phrase that means "someone who used to be a servant but suddenly became the lord of the family" meaning. Someone who used to be of low ranking but due to certain factors, got promoted to a higher ranked person suddenly. Is there any phrase or words to describe that?

More emphasis on the difference in rank/status and less on the wealth part.

  • Rags to riches, and the opposite direction, prince to pauper. – Dan Bron Dec 21 '18 at 12:01
  • If the person is additionally arrogant about their new stature: 'Jumped-up' or 'Upstart' – loonquawl Dec 21 '18 at 12:46

It's a Cinderella story

Used in reference to a situation in which a person, team, etc., of low status or importance unexpectedly achieves great success or public recognition.

‘the team ended their Cinderella story with a 6–5 triumph’


Also see: Cinderella Man

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