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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Climb.
 
On the climb. Under the hope of promotion. Thomas Becket, after he became Cardinal-archbishop of Canterbury, was at the top of the tree, and no further promotion was in the power of the king to bestow. Being no longer on the climb, he could set the king at defiance, and did do so.   1
 


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