ladder

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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 ladder onto the deck.

come down, descend, go down
put up

We put up the ladder against the wall.

fall off
PREPOSITION
on a/the ladder, up a/the ladder

She was up a ladder fixing the roof.

down a/the ladder

I was standing lower down the ladder.

ladder to

the ladder to the gallery

PHRASES
the bottom of a ladder, the foot of a ladder, the top of a ladder
a rung of a ladder, a step of a ladder

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 ladder

career, corporate, promotion
housing, property (both BrE)
VERB + LADDER
ascend, climb, move up

She was anxious to move up the promotion ladder.

get onto
PREPOSITION
higher up the ladder

creatures higher up the evolutionary ladder

lower down the ladder
ladder of

the ladder of fame

ladder to

His good looks helped him on the ladder to success.

PHRASES
get one foot on the ladder, have one foot on the ladder (both esp. BrE)

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

a rung on the ladder, a step on the ladder

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

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

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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