- 飞黄腾达 [fēi huáng téng dá]
- be successful in one's official career; climb up the social ladder rapidly; come into one's kingdom; get rapid promotion [series of successes] in life; have a meteoric rise; make one's way in the world; make rapid advances in one's career; rapid promotion to high official rank; rise high; rise to a position of great importance; soar aloft
He has had great success in life.
Smith has got up in the world.
He got to the top of the tree by hard work.