Cliche of the Week 48 – Meteoric Rise

June 6, 2011 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

“Meteoric rise” is enjoying its own swift ascent in the language, with usage in the mainstream media going from 300 a week two years ago to 500 now.

This dazzling climb from obscurity cuts across society, careers, art and politics.

“The New Zealand dollar hit its highest point since its float in 1985 yesterday, prompting talk that the Reserve Bank could intervene to thwart what has been a meteoric rise for the currency.” (New Zealand Herald, May 31)

“The future Italian leader (Silvio Berlusconi) began working on the property market in Milan in the early 1960s after completing law studies. It was the start of a meteoric rise.” (Agence France-Presse, May 31)

“Fleet Foxes’ tour begins with three nights at the Hammersmith Apollo: testament to their meteoric rise from acid-folk curio to mainstream phenomenon.” (The Guardian, May 30)

“It’s been a meteoric rise for a group of four mums who started singing together for fun.” (Illawarra Mercury, May 28)

“Making it easy for consumers to copy celebrity style is the secret behind the meteoric rise of internet retailer Asos.” (The Financial Times, May 28)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

(Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008)

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