Meaning of LADDER in English

LADDER

I.

noun

1 piece of equipment for climbing up sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ rickety

▪ metal , wooden

▪ long , tall

▪ loft ( esp. BrE ), rope

▪ fire-escape

VERB + LADDER

▪ ascend , clamber up , climb , climb up , go up , mount , scale

He went up the ~ onto the deck.

▪ come down , descend , go down

▪ put up

We put up the ~ against the wall.

▪ fall off

PREPOSITION

▪ on a/the ~ , up a/the ~

She was up a ~ fixing the roof.

▪ down a/the ~

I was standing lower down the ~.

▪ ~ to

the ~ to the gallery

PHRASES

▪ the bottom of a ~ , the foot of a ~ , the top of a ~

▪ a rung of a ~ , a step of a ~

Several of the ladder's rungs were broken.

2 levels in a system

ADJECTIVE

▪ economic , evolutionary , social

the people at the top of the social ~

▪ career , corporate , promotion

▪ housing , property (both BrE )

VERB + LADDER

▪ ascend , climb , move up

She was anxious to move up the promotion ~.

▪ get onto

PREPOSITION

▪ higher up the ~

creatures higher up the evolutionary ~

▪ lower down the ~

▪ ~ of

the ~ of fame

▪ ~ to

His good looks helped him on the ~ to success.

PHRASES

▪ get one foot on the ~ , have one foot on the ~ (both esp. BrE )

He finally managed to get one foot on the career ~.

▪ a rung on the ~ , a step on the ~

the old problem of how to get onto the first step on the ~

II.

verb

Ladder is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ tights

Ladder is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ stocking , ↑ tights

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .