Downwardly Mobile


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Downwardly Mobile

A person who leaves a high-paying, prestigious job to take another position that pays less and is in a less lucrative field. One may be downwardly mobile by necessity (for example, if the previous company conducts lay-offs), or by choice (for example, if one was not satisfied in the previous position and wishes to do something more personally rewarding).
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A prequel rather than sequel, the plot for those who can be bothered, recounts how Fred and Barney hooked up with downwardly mobile rich girl Wilma and burger joint waitress Betty, played out as an excuse for visiting alien The Great Gazooo (Alan Cumming who patently need a spell in artistic rehab) to observe earth's mating rituals.
Celebrated for his affectionate but biting depictions of downwardly mobile Brits struggling to survive the Thatcher-Major years, Leigh's forte is contemporary kitchen-sink realism couched in a distinctively personal comic syntax.
Today, racial hostility and mutual paranoia are fueled by a flood of downwardly mobile casualties of the "new economy," social debris of all colors seething with misplaced hatred.
I still take pride in my downwardly mobile fashion sense.
So the bus is filled with the definitely downwardly mobile.
Desperate bands of downwardly mobile white-collar workers - their skills made obsolete by new software programs - will turn to street crime and computer sabotage to vent their rage, the authors claim.
One would have wanted more information about the possibility that the downwardly mobile working class was reacting to community because of their resentment of the newcomers who were immigrants.
122-23) Such boys ended up being downwardly mobile, with 25 to 28 percent of the sons of educated fathers in Minden moving down to the middle classes; in Duisburg, the comparable figure was at times as high as 50 percent, later settling around 30 percent.
Given the compelling likelihood that many Black children will go through 12 years of schooling and rarely encounter a Black teacher (most will never have a Black male teacher), I find it frightening that so many African-American college graduates see teaching as downwardly mobile.
Both shared a brutalized and peripatetic childhood in the midst of an increasingly desperate clan of downwardly mobile former serfs and sharecroppers; they both led vagabond existences up and down the major river of their nation's heartland, deprived of fathers, disappointed in mothers, shuttling in and out of insecure households dominated by sporadic violence and a suffocating piety.
To be sure, the American middle class is long extinct, and the superrich decorate their fortified pleasure-domes with "Nightmare Folk Art--Southern Gothic" or "Aggressive Retro Seventies," while the likes of Berry and Chevette, downwardly mobile members of the service proletariat, can only dream of a weekend in a cheap motel or a visit to a VR theme-park.