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2 definitions found
 for kick upstairs
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  kick upstairs
      v 1: give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John
           was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women
           tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got
           promoted after many years of hard work" [syn: promote,
           upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevate]
           [ant: break, bump, demote, kick downstairs,
           relegate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  75 Moby Thesaurus words for "kick upstairs":
     advance, aggrandize, boot, bounce, break, bump, bust, can, cashier,
     deconsecrate, defrock, degrade, demote, deplume, depose, deprive,
     dethrone, disbar, discharge, discrown, disemploy, disenthrone,
     dismiss, displace, displume, drum out, elevate, ennoble, exalt,
     excommunicate, expel, fire, furlough, give the ax, give the gate,
     graduate, kick, knight, lay off, let go, let out, liquidate,
     make redundant, oust, overthrow, pass, pension, pension off,
     prefer, promote, purge, raise, read out of, release, remove,
     remove from office, replace, retire, sack, separate forcibly,
     strip, strip of office, strip of rank, superannuate, surplus,
     suspend, turn off, turn out, unchurch, unfrock, unsaddle, unseat,
     unthrone, up, upgrade
  
  

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