• With promotion based strictly on seniority, the climb to the top of the greasy pole can take a lifetime.

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  • Despite these varied routes to the top, the greater triumph for America remains that most groups have found their way up the greasy pole.

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  • Throughout the intelligence community, he's regarded as an empire-building, credit-grabbing apparatchik who'll stop at nothing to get to the top of the greasy pole.

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  • Well, you took piano lessons, finished college, kept your nose clean, worked your way up, climbed the greasy pole, made partner at the firm, and now you're worn out.

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  • To be sure, this is hardly an apples-to-apples comparison, but the basic problem with a stock like Facebook is that the New Economy is a greasy pole and few players remain dominant for long.

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  • But he was soon to discover that possession of a complicated fortune, an asset to a Labour politician during his ascent of the greasy pole, becomes a liability when he is at the top of it.

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