Difference between upward and rib




  1. directed up
  2. extending or moving toward a higher place


  1. to a later time
  2. spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position


A great deal of the nudge-nudge wink-wink routine by the young upwardly mobile male executives was the usual response to her presence.

In some places it is primeval and wet, where streaky barked eucalyptus strive upwards through dripping mists alive with frog croaks.

The largest of these primitive ‘trees’ were giant lycopods reaching upwards of 20 meters, but most of the plants grew to less than a meter above the ground.

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  1. form vertical ribs by knitting
  2. subject to laughter or ridicule


  1. a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
  2. a teasing remark
  3. any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates)
  4. a projecting molding on the underside of a vault or ceiling; may be ornamental or structural
  5. support resembling the rib of an animal
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He described the sequence of events leading up to the robbery.

In my view his confrontational, gladiatorial style has been a major contributor to the widespread disdain of the British public for politicians generally.

Three tall memorial archways inscribed with Chinese characters stand outside the temple.

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