rags to riches
This page is about the idiom rags to riches
If you go from rags to riches, you start out very poor and you become very rich.
- My grandfather went from rags to riches when his dishwashing liquid became very popular. He started out making it at home, but in less than a year he had his own factory.
- Most of these young guys in professional basketball came from poor neighbourhoods and they all have the same rags-to-riches story.
If used as a modifier before a noun or a noun phrase, hyphens must be added, as in "a rags-to-riches story".
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Contributor: Matt Errey