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Definition of ladder:

  1. A frame usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened cross strips or rounds forming steps.
  2. That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence.

Synonyms:

incline, outpouring, rill, endure, track down, take to the woods, function, head for the hills, fly the coop, lean, draw, streamlet, consort, collapsing ladder, campaign, runnel, stern ladder, move, lead, escape, hunt, persist, step-stool, lam, unravel, running game, companionway, guide, fire escape, bleed, play, run for, scale, footrace, running play, political campaign, scat, gangway, folding ladder, race, run, die hard, streak, foot race, ply, operate, break away, work, carry, rope ladder, scarper, test, running, hook ladder, flow, execute, extend, bunk, rivulet, pass, melt down, extension ladder, run away, discharge, accommodation ladder, prevail, turn tail, be given, standing ladder, trial, steps, black market, course, hightail it, feed, tend, go, tally, ravel, fire ladder, range, hunt down, melt.

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