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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"In the wake of any clear sense of what 'low life' might suggest, intellectuals are becoming 'downwardly mobile' and while losing their grip on an overall concept of virtue, often see such a direction as in itself virtuous and high minded or sentimentally as solidarity with the marginalized or dispossessed."
He's promising to bring the finest players to the finest league and even if it will mean watching all those downwardly mobile Cockney geezers larging it at the top, think of all the fresh talent on display.
Her sympathetic accounts of forgotten figures like Joseph Pitts, a plebeian Richard Francis Burton who made the hajj to Mecca, or the downwardly mobile East India woman Sarah Shade, unfailingly illuminate the collaboration and competition between Britons and non-Europeans at the meeting-points of empires.
* A leadership core is provided by the presence of recently fired, now downwardly mobile, industrial workers with organizational experience and awareness of the advantages of collective, assembly style democracy in carrying out a consequential struggle.
Such downwardly mobile college graduates generally had lower cognitive skills than those occupying occupations commensurate with their education.
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.
I still take pride in my downwardly mobile fashion sense.
So the bus is filled with the definitely downwardly mobile. Let's hope not, but these folks probably won't have the chance to become interns on Capitol Hill or IBM prospects, let's face it.
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.
We are what has been recently labeled DOMOs (downwardly mobile professionals).
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.